Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

A step in the right direction for peace – Pakistan Today

On July 7 and 8 a broad delegation of representatives from Afghan society partook in an Intra-Afghan dialogue session with the Taliban. The talks in Doha, jointly organised by Qatar and Germany, marked the first time such a diverse group formally engaged in dialogue. However, all participants attended in their personal capacities, not as representatives of organisations they are affiliated with. Thus, the Taliban could meet government officials without formally engaging the government.

The Intra-Afghan Dialogue is undoubtedly an achievement. Since last fall, the USA has had seven rounds of negotiations with the Taliban Yet, direct engagement between Afghan citizens and the Taliban has been extremely … Read More on Pakistan Today

Peace Process Should Be Fully Afghan-Owned: Karzai – Tolo News

The Afghan peace process “must be fully Afghan-owned and Afghan-led,” former President Hamid Karzai said at the 8th World Peace Forum in China on Tuesday, according to Xinhua report.

“Progress is there between the United States and the Taliban, and hopefully, it is one that will ensure lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Karzai said.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad concluded the seventh round of talks with the Taliban negotiators on July 9 in Qatar. He was cited by reports as saying that the Afghans are closer to reaching peace than any time in the past.

Khalilzad said on July 8 that he had “lots of progress” on four key issues under debate in the negotiations.

The four issues which have been discussed by the US and the Taliban negotiators in … Read More on Tolo News

US peace envoy to Afghanistan in Beijing for meeting – whig

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan is in Beijing for a previously scheduled meeting, an American Embassy spokesman said Thursday, as indications grew of a new momentum in efforts to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war and push by China to boost its influence in the region.

The spokesman gave no further details about the visit by Zalmay Khalilzad, but it comes just days after he said that for the first time he can report “substantive” progress on all four issues key to a peace agreement. The spokesman spoke on routine condition of anonymity.

Khalilzad has said the latest round of talks with the Taliban had been the “most productive” yet, and had broadened to include a timeline for both intra-Afghan negotiations … Read More on whig

An Afghan Opening: Opportunities, Challenges, and Pitfalls – Atlantic Council

A gathering of more than sixty Afghans in Qatar this week provided a rare opportunity for frank discussion on the open questions facing a society still gripped in a decades-long conflict. A group of Kabul-based political, civil society, and government-endorsed representatives sat across from more than a dozen Taliban political officers, in a wrenching exchange of grievances, hopes, and fears about a slew of long-standing and contentious issues.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad called the meeting “an important step” and “an essential element of the four-part peace framework,” which aims to produce counterterrorism assurances from the Taliban, the withdrawal of foreign troops, intra-Afghan negotiations, and eventually an agreement on a permanent …. Read More on Atlantic Council

Russia Supports Results Of Intra-Afghan Talks In Doha – Tolo News

Russia supports the results of the intra-Afghan meeting in Doha and hopes that it would lay the foundation for the future reconciliation agreement in Afghanistan, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said in a statement.

“Russia supports the results of the Second Inter-Afghan Dialogue Conference held in Doha on July 7-8,” she said.

“It was basically a continuation of the conversation between representatives of a broad range of Afghanistan’s socio-political forces, including the armed opposition, which was started last February, and is aimed at launching a peace process in that country as soon as possible,” she added.

“We are satisfied that the participants at the Doha meeting adopted a final statement reflecting … Read More on Tolo News

U.S.-Taliban talks inch America closer to withdrawing from Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — America’s longest war may yet be inching toward a conclusion.

Earlier this week, senior Taliban officials and Afghan notables issued a “road map to peace” after two days of talks in Doha, Qatar. Within hours, U.S. diplomats resumed talks with the fundamentalist fighters. Soon after, the U.S. envoy for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, was jetting to China ahead of a trip to Washington to report and consult on the process.

Khalilzad said the latest round of U.S.-Taliban talks, which began June 29, has been the “most productive session” since they started last year. At best, these talks represent the first steps toward ending … Read More on NBC News

Afghanistan- Moscow Hopes Inter-Afghan Meeting in Doha to Lay Basis for Peace Agreement – MENAFN

(MENAFN – Daily Outlook Afghanistan) Moscow has repeatedly stressed that the inter-Afghan dialogue ‘reflects the principle of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

‘MOSCOW – Russia supports the results of the inter-Afghan meeting in Doha and hopes that it would lay the foundation for the future reconciliation agreement in Afghanistan, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said in a statement.

“Russia supports the results of the Second Inter-Afghan Dialogue Conference held in Doha on July 7-8,” reads the statement, posted on the ministry’s official website.”It was basically a continuation of the conversation between representatives of a broad range of … Read More on MENAFN 

Top American diplomat says Afghans and Taliban have agreed to a ‘roadmap for peace’ – Task and Purpose

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan wound up on Tuesday the seventh round of talks he has held with the Taliban in Qatar, after signs of progress in efforts to end the longest war the United States has ever fought.

The U.S. envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, met Taliban officials briefly a day after a delegation of Afghan citizens and the militants agreed on a “roadmap for peace”, in particular a joint call to end civilian casualties in the 18-year war.

“Khalilzad will now brief his bosses and they will make an announcement. The seventh round has ended,” said a senior official privy to the talks.

The United States and the Taliban are getting closer to a deal that … Read More on Task and Purpose