The United States has lent its support to peace talks between the Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami, which is led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
A high-ranking official at the U.S Department of State said Washington stands ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in lifting sanctions against Hizb-e-Islami.
The official said that the U.S does not have any prerequisite for peace talks among Afghans.
Removal of the Hizb-e-Islami's leaders from the black list was one of the main conditions of the party for peace with the Afghan government.
The High Peace Council (HPC) meanwhile said that peace talks with the party are being finalized.
"Negotiations are underway and the talks are going to yield a result and fighting will end with the circle related to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar," said Shafi Nuristani, a member of the HPC.
The Presidential Palace terms peace talks as important for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
"Peace is for national interests of Afghanistan, peace [talks] is for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and peace is in favor of Afghans," said Dawa Khan Menapal, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani.
Now the question is whether a peace deal with Gulbuddin will reduce the intensity of the war in Afghanistan.
"It is good that some people want to join the peace talks with Afghanistan and want to come and stand by the system and people of Afghanistan and work for the development of Afghanistan," said Ghulam Faruq Majroh, a lawmaker.
It is reported however that the government has offered many privileges to Hekmatyar in exchange for peace, including the release of Hizb-e-Islami prisoners, the provision of houses to leaders of the party and mainstreaming the party into Afghanistan's politics.
"Peace in Afghanistan should be justice-based and ... all the gains of the past 14-15 years, particularly freedom of expression and all human rights of Afghan citizens especially women's rights, should not be compromised," said Rafiullah Bedar, a spokesman for the Independent Human Rights Commission.
Hekmatyar has been at war against the Afghan government for many years and along with Taliban and al-Qaeda has been on the U.S Department of State's list of terrorist organizations. The U.S has not however said whether Hekmatyar's name will be removed from the list of global terrorists if he signs a peace deal with the Afghan government.
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