UK backs urgent establishment of Afghan reconciliation body


KABUL: After European Union (EU), the UK Embassy to Kabul has pushed for the urgent need and establishment of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), citing it vital to provide directions for the Afghan peace negotiations. 

“The UK supports the Afghan peace process as the only way to create sustainable, lasting peace and bring an end to the high level of violence and insecurity across the country. Making progress in Doha is therefore critical to prevent further unnecessary deaths,” a statement from the embassy said.

The mission stressed that the council must be inclusive and representative of the diverse Afghan population, incorporating women, minorities and other groups’ views.

Earlier, the EU also shared a statement calling for the swift establishment and operationalization of the HCNR,” a designated body assigned to deliver guidance on the peace process.