No discussion happened sans women’s presence in Doha: Stanikzai 


KABUL: The Republican negotiating team’s female members met with women representatives from different strata of Afghan society on Saturday, assuring that no discussion took place without the presence of women negotiators. 
The meeting, held in the presence various dignitaries, briefed the participants about the first round of peace talks. 
Emphasizing the importance of women’s presence and role in the peace process, the head of the Afghan delegation, Masoom Stanikzai, said the solidarity of Afghan women substantially impacted the process and contributed significantly to peace in Afghanistan.
“Female members of the negotiating team were engaged in the entire process of the negotiations and no discussion took place without them,” he assured. 
Meanwhile, Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a member of the negotiating team, said that the agenda’s issues were imperative and both sides had not yet entered the main agenda of the talks.
Sharifa Zurmati Wardak, another member of the negotiating team, stated that the delegation members’ unity and agreement have caused the negotiating team to act comprehensibly and coherently.
She stressed that they would stand and fight for the process’s success and called on women to convey the Afghan delegation’s voice to the county’s villages and rural areas.
Zohreh Motahar Ahmadzai, deputy head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), also referred to the body’s work so far, saying that the council was determined to consolidate all efforts for peace.
Dr. Alema, deputy minister for Human Rights and Civil Society Institutions at the State Ministry for Peace, pledged that the ministry would provide adequate technical support to the delegation. 
Concluding the gathering, she said the ministry would continue consultative sessions to serve as a bridge between the various factions and the negotiating team.