The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly asked the Stability and Convergence campaign, led by CE Abdullah Abdullah, to share some names as part of an Afghan government’s peace-negotiating team to talk to the Taliban, said Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of CE Abdullah, as the reduction in violence plan (RIV) enters the sixth day.
“He (US envoy) asked the Stability and Convergence team for a list and the list is expected to be given to them (US) today, other parties will also meet them (US) including the government and some other prominent personalities,” said Mohammad Mohaqiq.
Mohaqiq reiterated that the division between the Afghan political parties and the government has prevented the establishment of a reconciliation council.
“If there were no more distances and the government and the political parties were close with each other, there would have been a chance to create a reconciliation council,” added Mohaqiq.
The Presidential Palace meanwhile said that the peace-negotiating team will be inclusive.
“The peace-negotiating team is a small team, but it is an effective and inclusive team and it will go for negotiations from the address of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” said Dawa Khan Meenapal, deputy spokesman to President Ashraf Ghani.
The intra-Afghan talks are expected to start ten days after the signing of the peace agreement between the US and the Taliban. The US-Taliban peace deal is expected to be signed on Saturday, February 29.
“The peace-negotiating team should be created, but it should be an inclusive team and it should cover all groups and factions,” said Habiba Sarabi, the deputy head of the High Peace Council.
Meanwhile, a six-member delegation from the Afghan government, entirely chosen by President Ashraf Ghani, is on its way to Doha to meet with the Taliban right after the US-Taliban deal, scheduled to be signed on Saturday, sources said.