As a scheduled meeting between Afghan politicians and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, inches closer, some of Afghanistan’s influential politicians and former Jihadi leaders on Wednesday expressed their hope that the upcoming intra-Afghan meeting will help to restore lasting peace in the country.
Among those expressing their hopes over a positive outcome of Qatar talks were former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, former President Hamid Karzai, chairman of the High Peace Council Mohammad Karim Khalili and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
Sayyaf said that he hopes that the meeting in Doha will lead to ending the ongoing war and restoration of longstanding peace.
He called on the Taliban to attend the meeting with the intention of reforms so that the war is ended in the country.
Karzai also called on the delegation to commute on the way towards peace.
Khalili, meanwhile, said that the war is not the solution in the country.
Abdullah said that all Afghans want peace, but the majority of the people in the country are not prepared to return to the past.