KABUL: Some Taliban peace negotiators, including Shaikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani, haven’t joined the second round of intra-Afghan talks in Doha that started on January 5, some sources revealed on Monday.
Several of the Taliban’s negotiating team members, including the group’s chief negotiator, Shaikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani, were still in Pakistan and hadn’t traveled to Doha to join the talks, Tolo News quoted a source who wished to go unnamed.
The proposal for an interim government offered by the US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is the reason behind the delay in the Taliban negotiators’ trip to Qatar, said a source close to the Taliban.
Many government negotiating team members also did not join the second phase of talks and are still stay in Kabul.
After a three-week break, the Taliban and the government’s negotiating teams resumed talks on January 5.