2 Afghan government negotiators, one a woman, absent from talks

Two negotiators on the team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ghairat Bahir of Hizb-e-Islami and Fatima Gailani, an academic, did not travel to Doha for the opening ceremony on Saturday

Sep 14, 2020
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Two negotiators on the team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ghairat Bahir of Hizb-e-Islami and Fatima Gailani, an academic, did not travel to Doha for the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Baheer has been prevented by the Hizb-e-Islami head  Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from joining the delegation, says party members, while Gailani has not traveled to Doha for health reasons.

The first meeting of direct negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban team is expected to begin this week.


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