An official from Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s Office on Wednesday said the Taliban can take part in the upcoming presidential elections after the group begins negotiations with the Afghan government.
The Taliban has consistently refused to talk to the Afghan government amid ongoing peace efforts by Kabul and Washington.
“The door is opened for the Taliban whenever they are willing to come and sit with the Afghan government and take part in democratic and national stages,” said Fraidoon Khwazoon, a spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah.
This comes a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in Washington that the upcoming elections in Afghanistan should be inclusive so that the Taliban can also patriciate in the race.
“Now I will meet the Taliban and I will try my best to get them to talk to the Afghan government and so that the elections in Afghanistan must be an inclusive election where the Taliban also participate in it,” said Khan in his lecture to the US Institute of Peace.
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, also urged Pakistan to help the Afghan peace process.
“Stability in the region is important to the whole globe, reconciling efforts between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Taliban. Thank you for your leadership in that regard Mr. prime minister to advance enduring peace in the region,”
But, a former Taliban member Sayed Akbar Agha said the group will never participate in the elections in the presence of foreign forces in the country.
“Even if there is an election, the demand of the public is very important. Currently, it is a public demand to delay the elections and bring the peace issue on the priority,” Agha said.