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US Envoy Fears Afghanistan could Witness a ‘Return to Civil War’

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Arif Ahmadi
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Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
FILE: The United States special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West

KABUL, Afghanistan – The United States special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West said he fears Afghanistan “could see a return to civil war in time”, calling the need for “political dialogue” in national level.

Without a serious “national political dialogue” about the future of the country among Afghans who have “genuine support in their community, I really do fear…. we could see a return to civil war in time,” West made the remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Highlight the current status of women rights in Afghanistan, West said Washington would support a stable Afghanistan in which the rights of all its people are ensured.

“We wish to see and to support the emergence of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan that never again harbors terrorists … in which the rights of all its people, women and men, boys and girls are upheld,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted.

But the deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate Bilal Karimi said that there is no need for national dialogue in the country, saying “all the challenges that previously existed are currently solved” and Afghanistan is now peaceful.

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“The time for negotiations was when there was war in the country and there were many sides—there was an invasion—now here is a central government and the people are in a calm situation,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.

The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly reacted to the international community’s calls to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan, saying the government is already inclusive.

Earlier, several Afghan experts said the establishment of an inclusive government could be a pathway to end challenges that currently exist in Afghanistan, saying the conditions set by the international community are the demands of the Afghan people.

“Forming an inclusive government is an important factor for stabilizing security and the economy in Afghanistan,” said Sayed Harron Hashimi, a political expert. “Such a government, and women and girls’ education, must be focused on.”

While world leaders, including international allies, insist on forming an inclusive government in Afghanistan is key for formal recognition of the current government, the Islamic Emirate has repeatedly defied the odds, saying its leadership has already taken steps towards such.

“The Islamic Emirate has always been committed to forming an inclusive government and took steps to prove it; on the other hand, it is an eternal issue of Afghanistan and Afghan people.”

International community lays off at least four conditions before recognizing Taliban government: forming an inclusive government, respect for the rights of women and girls and other minorities, as well as that Afghanistan not becoming a haven for insurgent groups. 

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