Political bickering among Kabul leaders could derail talks

A member of the Afghan negotiation team warned that the political bickering and fragmentation among Kabul’s political elites could threaten the peace talks with the Taliban, TOLOnews reported

Dec 23, 2020
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A member of the Afghan negotiation team warned that the political bickering and fragmentation among Kabul’s political elites could threaten the peace talks with the Taliban, TOLOnews reported.

Hafiz Mansoor, a member of the team, warned on Tuesday, an attempt to sabotage the peace process by either side wouldn’t be in the interest of Afghanistan. Such an attempt will have severe repercussions for the country, he added.

“Any side which tries to sabotage it will face massive pressures, I don’t think that such a move will be in the interest of Afghanistan, the Afghan people, and the peace process,” Mansoor was quoted as saying by TOLOnews.

Afghan NSA Hamidullah Mohib and President Ashraf Ghani last week proposed to hold the next round of talks in Afghanistan. Ghani even sent an invitation to the Taliban to come to Kandahar for talks. On the other hand, the Taliban rebuffed the offer.

People fear the talks might delay further over these excuses, which could increase an already high level of violence in the country.

Meanwhile, Assadullah Seddati, the deputy head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said on Tuesday, “The talks should not be delayed for any circumstances, under any reasons or any excuse.” 

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