Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, left Kabul this morning for a two-day visit to discuss the Afghan peace process, Abdullah’s office confirmed on Sunday.
In today’s trip, Abdullah Abdullah will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other Iranian officials, Abdullah’s office said in a statement, adding that he will discuss “Afghan peace in Doha and the need for regional consensus and support for peace efforts in Afghanistan.”
“Each country has its impact (on the Afghan peace process) and the continuation of the war in Afghanistan has affected the people,” said Abdullah at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
Before this trip, Abdullah also visited Pakistan and India discussed the Afghan peace process.
His trip come amid ongoing peace negotiations between delegates from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
The peace negotiation officialy started on September 12; however, so far, direct talks have not started because of disagreements on procedural rules for the negotiations.
Violence has continued to increase in the last few weeks amid ongoing peace negotiations in Doha.
Return of Taliban Emirate Unacceptable to Afghans
Abdullah on Friday said that a return of the Taliban’s emirate is unacceptable to Afghans under any circumstances as it will continue the war in Afghanistan.
Abdullah made the remarks at a ceremony on the second anniversary of former Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq’s death where other dignitaries and politicians attended, including First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib and Jamiat-e-Islami chief Salahuddin Rabbani.
Abdullah stressed the need for unity among Afghans and said violence will not lead the country to peace.
Abdullah said that peace will not be achieved by increasing violence and targeting ordinary people, religious scholars, political figures and journalists to reduce people’s morale.
He said that other countries are supporting the Afghan government efforts for peace and that they have already announced their stance on a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
He said that it will be a wrong calculation if the Taliban thinks that they will have a better position by keeping pressure on a district or a province. This, Abdullah said, has prevented the people from achieving peace over the last years.
Violence was expected to reduce with the start of peace negotiations in Doha a month ago, but it has increased unexpectedly over the last few weeks. The Taliban attacked many parts of Helmand a week ago, leaving thousands of families displaced.