Ceasefire, Ending War Initial Demands of Kabul’s Negotiating Team

The talks are being hosted by Qatar and are likely to be monitored by the United States.

The delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who will face the Taliban in the intra-Afghan talks in Qatar, on Wednesday announced that the agenda of these talks has been finalized and that the end of the war and a ceasefire will be the first demands of the delegation in their negotiations. 

Members of the negotiation team said that representatives from more than 20 nations are expected to monitor the negotiations online.

Sources close to the Taliban say that the future of the regime, and how to transfer power, will be among the Taliban’s topics in the negotiations.

“The negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made all preparations to start the talks as soon as possible; there are no obstacles to the start of the talks at the moment, and the last excuse of the Taliban has been also removed,” said Nadir Nadiri, a member of Kabul’s negotiating team.

The Afghan government’s negotiating team hopes that talks between Afghans will begin in Qatar in four days, and questions have been raised about the most important Taliban issues from the start.

“The Taliban will talk about what kind of system that should be here, and secondly, about the transfer of power, and whether the interim government will come or what the transfer process should be like,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

The Afghan government urges the Taliban not to halt talks between Afghans until a final agreement is reached.

“Negotiations must be continuous, one or two or three rounds of talks will not conclude things, these talks must be ongoing,” said Fraidoon Khwazoon, spokesman for the High Council for National Reconciliation.

But the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan goes to the negotiations with the message of ending the war and securing a ceasefire from the Taliban.

“The delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will try to convince the Taliban that one of our first joint actions should be to put down the guns and end the war,” said Nadiri.

The talks are being hosted by Qatar and are likely to be monitored by the United States, the European Union and other countries involved in Afghanistan.

Ceasefire, Ending War Initial Demands of Kabul’s Negotiating Team