Serious discussions on agenda slated for Wednesday: Abdullah

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KABUL: The Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah says serious discussions among the negotiating sides in Doha would commence on Wednesday.


The Afghan Republic’s negotiating team and the Taliban have been holding daily meetings since Saturday to discuss the agenda to take the peace talks forward.


In a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Abdullah said, “Today the delegations are having group consultations, and very serious discussions will start tomorrow (Wednesday).”


“This is the first time that a real opportunity for peace has come; a realistic opportunity, but it is up to both sides to seize it,” he added.


Abdullah hoped the Taliban would show their sincere belief and commitment to peace.


Meanwhile, Naeem Wardak, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, said the meetings so far were preliminary as discussions regarding the agenda required more time.


This comes after the two sides agreed on the procedures and rules for peace talks, following a long-drawn-out deadlock.