BALKH: Sayed Akbar Agha, head of the Afghanistan Salvation Council, on Thursday said that his council was optimistic about the positive outcome of intra-Afghan talks.
A gathering attended by several Islamic scholars and local people were held regarding the peace talks in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the capital of Balkh province.
Addressing the participants, Sayed Akbar Agha said that peace was the most essential need of the Afghan people who were tired of decades-long conflicts. He called on the warring sides not to keep Afghans in miseries any longer and thus end the war by embracing peace.
He expressed optimism about the ongoing peace parleys in Doha and said the two negotiating sides should end their disagreements and find a joint solution that will benefit the Afghan public.
A number of clerics speaking at the meeting also said that the ongoing war in the country claimed the lives of many people on a daily basis and the situation was no longer bearable to Afghans.
The clerics said that religious and tribal divergences should not be fueled in peace talks as these issues would make a potential settlement harder to be reached.
Intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and Afghan politicians began in Doha on September 12 but no breakthroughs have so far been made in these negotiations, which are held back by disputes over finalizing the working principles.