Abdullah Abdullah, the head of High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), on Tuesday said that the negotiators representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban are expected to enter serious discussions with the group on Wednesday.
Sources familiar with the talks have said that the Taliban has suggested the inclusion of a 22-article recommendation to be part of the agenda of the talks.
According to the sources, the republic team has also suggested the inclusion of 28-item recommendations to be part of the agenda of the talks between the two sides.
Sources have said that today the contact groups between the two sides did not hold any meetings.
Announcing a ceasefire, protecting the Islamic republic system, the Constitution of Afghanistan, protection of gains, civil liberties, and also the protection of Afghanistan's national and defense institutions, are among the main demands of the republic’s team.
The working groups of the negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held meetings on the agenda of the peace negotiations in Doha for the third day in a row after a breakthrough was made with an agreement on procedural rules.
According to the sources, the Taliban have also suggested in a 22-article proposal that the Islamic system should be without the suffix or prefix of a republic or emirate.
The Taliban have also demanded the creation of a national council of religious scholars, where they will propose that the country’s education system operate under the name of the Islamic education system.
The Taliban has also suggested that the rights of women and men and the freedom of the media should all be maintained but under Islamic teachings.
However, the Taliban have so far not clarified their interpretation of liberties for men and women and the freedom of the press.
“Today the delegation will hold consultations with their own people; starting tomorrow more heated discussions will start,” said Abdullah.
“We believe that no one is the owner of our country and our belief. We all believe in Islam and believe in a house which is named Afghanistan, said Fatima Gailani, a member of the republic’s team.
However, the Taliban have not suggested the release of more prisoners in their proposal.
“The release of the prisoners, or their non-release, will not have any significant impact on the pace of the talks,” said Rahmatullah Andar, a spokesman for the Office of National Security Council.
Sources close to the Taliban have said that the release of Taliban prisoners and the removal of names of Taliban leaders from the UN blacklist have also been under discussion.
“The removal of names of the Taliban’s leaders from the blacklist before the start of the talks (intra-Afghan talks) was mentioned in the talks between the US and the Taliban. It was said that the Taliban’s prisoners will be released with the start of the talks,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.
Sources familiar with the Taliban in Doha have said that inter-party talks between the two sides about these proposals continue and the proposals will be part of the agenda of the talks once the leadership of the two sides agrees on them.