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Key Negotiators Not in Doha for 2nd Round

A week has passed since negotiators from both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations announced the resumption of the second round of intra-Afghan talks in Doha; however, some members of their teams have not returned to Doha.
 
Mawlavi Abdul Hakim, the Taliban’s chief negotiator and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, have also not returned to Doha from Pakistan.
 
Reacting to the issue, lawmakers in Afghanistan’s parliament on Tuesday said that members of the negotiating teams should not put their personal interests ahead of national interests.
 
Abdul Matin Bek, Nader Nadery, Fatima Gailani, Fawzia Koofi are the members of the peace negotiating team from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan who have not returned to Doha.
 
“They should put their personal issues aside and instead focus on the peace process, because we are at a critical stage,” said Shafiqullah, a resident in Kabul.
 
“They must prioritize the peace process and think about their people, because every single day our people are being killed in explosions and suicide attacks,” said Iqbal, a resident of Kabul.
 
Based on the information received by TOLOnews, some members of the peace negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are staying with their families abroad.
 
“Everyday there is killing, bloodshed and explosions, if the members of the peace teams do not return to Doha, this creates distrust among the people,” said MP Iqbal Safai.
 
“We expect them to expedite the peace process so that the people can live in peace,” said Hamida Ahmadzai, a MP.
 
What do the absent members say?
 
“The talks are carried out in small contact groups,  some of our colleagues have been tasked with coordinating the contact group meetings to move forward with the preliminary discussions, some other members who have not returned due to some personal issues will return soon,” said Fawzia Koofi, a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
 
“At this stage of the negotiations, the talks will focus on the agenda,” said Najia Anwari, a spokeswoman for the State Ministry on Peace Affairs.
 
This comes as violence continues to rage across Afghanistan, with dozens of military personnel and civilians killed and wounded.

Key Negotiators Not in Doha for 2nd Round

This comes as violence continues to rage across Afghanistan, with dozens of military personnel and civilians killed and wounded.

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A week has passed since negotiators from both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations announced the resumption of the second round of intra-Afghan talks in Doha; however, some members of their teams have not returned to Doha.
 
Mawlavi Abdul Hakim, the Taliban’s chief negotiator and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, have also not returned to Doha from Pakistan.
 
Reacting to the issue, lawmakers in Afghanistan’s parliament on Tuesday said that members of the negotiating teams should not put their personal interests ahead of national interests.
 
Abdul Matin Bek, Nader Nadery, Fatima Gailani, Fawzia Koofi are the members of the peace negotiating team from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan who have not returned to Doha.
 
“They should put their personal issues aside and instead focus on the peace process, because we are at a critical stage,” said Shafiqullah, a resident in Kabul.
 
“They must prioritize the peace process and think about their people, because every single day our people are being killed in explosions and suicide attacks,” said Iqbal, a resident of Kabul.
 
Based on the information received by TOLOnews, some members of the peace negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are staying with their families abroad.
 
“Everyday there is killing, bloodshed and explosions, if the members of the peace teams do not return to Doha, this creates distrust among the people,” said MP Iqbal Safai.
 
“We expect them to expedite the peace process so that the people can live in peace,” said Hamida Ahmadzai, a MP.
 
What do the absent members say?
 
“The talks are carried out in small contact groups,  some of our colleagues have been tasked with coordinating the contact group meetings to move forward with the preliminary discussions, some other members who have not returned due to some personal issues will return soon,” said Fawzia Koofi, a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
 
“At this stage of the negotiations, the talks will focus on the agenda,” said Najia Anwari, a spokeswoman for the State Ministry on Peace Affairs.
 
This comes as violence continues to rage across Afghanistan, with dozens of military personnel and civilians killed and wounded.

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