US, Pakistan intentions key in Doha talks’ success: Karzai

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KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai says the progress in the Afghan peace process would prove whether the US has an intention for durable peace in Afghanistan.


In an interview with VOA on Friday, Karzai said the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February would remain wonderful as long as it intended for an end to the war in Afghanistan.


“Whether the US intention in Afghanistan is durable peace and a settlement is what we should see in the process,” he explained.


On the Afghan peace process, the US was in great coordination with Pakistan, the ex-president remarked, adding “But peace for us is one thing and a deal between the US and Pakistan on us is a different issue. That we don’t want. That we will resist.”


Exactly similar deals happened between the US and Pakistan when the Soviet Union left Afghanistan, he recalled, saying the ensuing misery for Afghans still continued.


He hoped all neighbors would participate in the Afghan peace process by working in tandem with the US and major powers like Russia, China and India.


About Doha negotiations, he said “If the intention in the US is for peace in Afghanistan, these talks will succeed. I have no doubt. And if the intention in Pakistan, together with the US, is for peace in Afghanistan, these talks will succeed. And we welcome it.”