Abdullah says hostility with the Taliban must end


KABUL: The Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday stated that the chapter of enmity with the Taliban should be closed because Afghanistan had other enemies that threatened the country’s well-being, existence and dignity.

Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the Martyrs’ Week and the 19th death anniversary of former anti-Soviet Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, he said “we don’t have enmity in our home with our own people and that’s why we are saying that enmity with the Taliban must end.”

He offered condolences to the families of martyrs and said the day was celebrated to remember all the martyrs who rendered sacrifices for the independence of the nation.

Abdullah notified that the peace talks with the Taliban might begin in the coming few days.

Meanwhile, Former President Hamid Karzai emphasized on the launch of intra-Afghan talks, saying the peace talks would help to fulfill the hopes of the ‘martyrs’.

In a statement issued on the occasion of Martyrs’ Week, he called on the warring parties, “Let’s work hard for bringing a nationwide and lasting peace to our country and rebuild our home through holding the intra-Afghan dialogue so that we avoid losing our dear ones any further, as well as fulfill the hopes of our martyrs.”

This comes as there is no fixed date announced for the launch of intra-Afghan talks and the Taliban have recently increased attacks as there is severe fighting ongoing between the warring sides in parts of the country. Siddiq Siddiqi, the presidential spokesman, wrote on his twitter handle that the government “condemns the recent attacks by the Taliban which threaten the hopes of millions of Afghans, who are dreaming of peace and are waiting for the initiation of peace talks and an end to violence.”