Govt. negotiating team departure to Qatar delayed for Tuesday


KABUL: The republican negotiating team was scheduled to fly to Qatar on Monday to resume the intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban, but the trip has been delayed for Tuesday due to some technical issues.

An official who wished to go unnamed confirmed the rescheduled trip; however, he did not provide further details into the matter.

Gholam Farooq Majrooh, a member of the Afghan negotiating team, said that the negotiations would focus more on the establishment of a nationwide ceasefire and political partnership with the Taliban.

“We met the President and had a comprehensive discussion about peace, we also talked about the issue with political parties and cultural and legal experts,” Majrooh said.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani spoke to the Qatari emir on the phone and both sides stressed immediate ceasefire while discussing the Afghan peace process and expansion of bilateral cooperation in various areas.

This comes as the Afghan negotiating sides have had a three-week break from the talks following the finalization of procedural rules. The talks are expected to resume on Jan 5.