KABUL: A high-level Afghan delegation is set to meet the Taliban’s senior leaders in the Qatari capital Doha, recommencing the long-paused peace process of Afghanistan, said an Afghan official on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to brief reporters, according to a report by the Associated Press news agency.
Abdullah Abdullah, head of the Hig Council for National Reconciliation, and former president Hamid Karzai are to lead the Afghan delegates in Doha while the Taliban is expected to have senior leaders join for the talks, said the official.
The Doha negotiations will focus on ending the steadily increased violence in Afghanistan following the US-Taliban deal last year.
The plethora of violence has distressed the public, leading to increased concerns for the future of Afghanistan and its living conditions.
Afghan former president Hamid Karzai in a presser in Kabul said that peace is coming soon while calling on the youth not to leave the country.
“I call on the young generation to not leave your country, stay here … You must trust in your country, peace will come,” said the former president.
The unruly rise in violence, deteriorating security conditions, withdrawing foreign forces, and the slow pace of the peace negotiations have left many skeptical of the situation settling anytime soon.