The Supreme National Reconciliation Council announced the visit of the Peace Negotiating Committee of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Doha, Qatar, to begin the second round of peace talks.
The Supreme National Reconciliation Council said in a press release that Mr. Abdullah raised the issue yesterday evening (Monday, January 5, 2021) at the third meeting of the council’s leadership committee in Sapidar.
The members of the delegation will leave for Doha, the capital of Qatar, before noon today (Tuesday, January 5, 2021), the newsletter quoted Mr. Abdullah as saying.
According to the newsletter, Mr. Abdullah also referred to the beginning of the second round of direct peace talks with the Taliban and said that this round of talks would begin on time.
The government’s peace negotiating delegation was scheduled to travel to Doha yesterday evening, but it is said that due to unfavorable weather conditions, the delegation’s flight to Doha is scheduled for today. The second round of direct peace talks is set to begin today by agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
“I am returning to Doha and the region with the hope that the parties will make significant progress in the next phase of the Afghan peace talks,” Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, tweeted.
Khalilzad left for Kabul today and is scheduled to leave for Doha, Qatar.