Officials of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan (HPC) on Monday said the peace facilitating body is considering changes in the peace strategy, following the appointment of Mohammad Omar Daudzai, as President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for “regional affairs on consensus around peace” and head of the HPC secretariat.
The new peace strategy will be structured in line with the current situation in the country, said Assadullah Zaeeri, the deputy chairman of Afghanistan’s high peace council.
This new development takes place a day after leaders of National Unity Government (NUG) met with members of the peace consultative board at the presidential palace, where they held discussions on the modality and the prospects of peace process between the government and the Taliban.
“At the meeting, the president briefed in detail the basic lines, directives as well as the guidelines which exist in the methodologies of the negotiations, which were derived from eight-month consultations with various segments of society,” said president’s deputy spokesman Shahhussain Murtazawi.
“It is natural that bringing about reforms and the reconsideration of the peace strategy is a necessity and it is natural that we must manage ourselves up to the current situation,” said Zaeeri.
Meanwhile, a number of political commentators have predicted that in view of the complexity around Afghanistan’s peace process, Daudzai could face a big test in his efforts for creating harmony between the regional countries.
On Sunday, President Ghani issued a decree in which he appointment Daudzai as special envoy for “regional affairs on consensus around peace” and head of the HPC secretariat.
In the decree it was stated that Daudzai will also attend the meetings of National Security Council (NSC).
“The biggest and the most strategic challenge in such a mission, regarding the issue in Afghanistan, is the lack of coordination between the countries, whether regional countries or others in the world, as well as the conflict between the interests of these actors,” said political analyst Nasrallah Stanekzai.
Daudzai previously served twice as chief of staff for the former president, minister of interior as well as Afghan ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan.