Amid the developments in the Afghan peace process, a presidential spokesman on Tuesday said efforts are underway to form a negotiating team which will be smaller with experienced members in peace and negotiations.
“Our main goal is that the individuals and members who engage in negotiations on behalf of the Afghan people and the [Afghan] government should have enough experience and should be able to represent the people,” President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told TOLOnews.
A list of negotiating team was announced by government in April but the team was not formed due to some disagreements.
A lawmaker, Waqif Hakimi, said the negotiating team should be inclusive and have members from different layers of society.
“The team should be an authorized delegation that can represent all the political parties, the civil society and the people,” said Hakimi.
Sources close to the Taliban said the group will have no objection if the Afghan government delegates attend the upcoming intra-Afghan meeting in Uzbekistan.
“The Americans want to have an achievement from the intra-Afghan talks. The US wants to tell its people that those who were fighting with each other for years have sat together and have reached an agreement,” a political analyst Wahid Muzhda said.
Samarkand meeting which yet to be scheduled will be a follow up of the intra-Afghan meeting in Doha, which was held on July 7-8, in which 17 members of Taliban discussed Afghan peace with at least 60 delegates from Kabul. A resolution was issued at the end of the meeting in which the two sides agreed on some certain issues around peace, including the start of formal intra-Afghan negotiations and reduction of violence.
Abdullah Qaraloq, an Afghan politician who attended the Doha meeting, said the Samarkand meeting will pave the way for a peace agreement.
“Two important issues will be discussed in Samarkand meeting. The first will be the issue of a ceasefire and the second will be intra-Afghan negotiations to reach an agreement for a ceasefire,” said Qaraloq.