Republic negotiators discuss talks’ next phases with Pres. Ghani


KABUL: The Afghan peace negotiating team met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday to discuss the next phases of peace negotiations.

A statement released by the Presidential Palace read that the president assured the governments’ full support to the negotiating team.

In this meeting, Masoom Stanikzai, chief of the Afghan negotiating team, briefed the president on their encounters with different classes of the society, underlining that they listened to the views of the parliament members, representatives of women, youth, and civil society institutes on peace.

The team would defend the rights of all the people in the second round of the negotiations, Stanikzai assured.

Meanwhile, Ghani praised the negotiators’ struggles during the first round of the talks, saying the views of Afghan society, advices of Loya Jirga, and the Afghan Constitution should be the fundamental items on the agenda of peace talks – which is to be discussed in the upcoming round.

Ghani also emphasized that the government and the people of Afghanistan supported the negotiators in their mission.

The government’s negotiating team was scheduled to fly to Qatar on Monday (today), but some sources citing technical issues notified the trip was delayed to Tuesday.