Afghan reconciliation council to clarify position on agendas

The High Council for National Reconciliation said it will soon convene a meeting of its leadership council to clarify its position on agenda items for the next round of the intra-Afghan talks, TOLOnews reported

Dec 24, 2020
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The High Council for National Reconciliation said it will soon convene a meeting of its leadership council to clarify its position on agenda items for the next round of the intra-Afghan talks, TOLOnews reported.

The Negotiation team will be given all necessary directives and guidelines to proceed for the next round of talks, said Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the reconciliation council. Dr. Abdullah also held a meeting of the council on Wednesday in Kabul.

Both sides, the Taliban and the Afghan Republic, are expected to resume talks on 5 January next year.

The report says the lack of clarity on agenda items would make the negotiation tougher for the republic team in Doha. Concerns are growing day by day over divisions among Kabul’s political elites. A negotiating team member of Tuesday warned that internal bickering among these elites may jeopardize the peace process.

The High Council for National Reconciliation was formed to forge national consensus and unity among different and diverse political sections of the Afghan republic. But since its formation, the council's functioning saw the light of day very late.

The appointments of members in the council were marred by the show of power between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Finally, when Americans and the European Union pressed the Afghan government for the functioning of the council, it convened its first meeting. 

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