The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

US envoy stresses unified stance on Afghan peace process

US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is in Kabul to meet Afghan officials. Upon arriving in Kabul, Khalilzad tweeted and wrote: “Glad to be back in Kabul. I started my morning by meeting with Afghan government representatives with responsibility for the Afghan Peace Process, including the President’s Chief of Staff Abdul Salam Rahimi and head of High Peace Council Omar Daudzai. We discussed the urgency of making progress on intra-Afghan dialogue.”
He later wrote that he had “productive” talks with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, adding: “We discussed how the international community can best support them in an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” peace process.
Meanwhile, Haroon Chakhansuri, a spokesperson to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, has informed of meeting the country’s President with US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
“President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with US special peace envoy for Afghanistan and discussed the ongoing peace efforts. These discussions will continue between the two sides. As discussions progress, more details will be shared with the Afghan public,” Chakhansuri said.
US special peace envoy for Afghanistan also met with Kabul and provincial representatives of the Afghan women’s Network to discuss peace developments. Khalilzad said that women should be at the table during all negotiations about peace and Afghanistan future while Afghans along would decide the composition of their delegation for talks with the Taliban group.
After rounds of peace talks between US officials and representatives of the Taliban group in Qatar, a large number of women activists have expressed their serious concern over ignoring Afghan women rights in peace talks. Even academy award-winning actress and refugee activist Angelina Jolie pushed for the inclusion of women in peace talks to end the conflict in Afghanistan during an address to ministers and diplomats at the United Nations on Friday.
Peace talks between U.S. and Taliban officials began late last year. However, some women fear the freedoms and complain their voices are being sidelined in ongoing peace talks with the Taliban group.
“In Afghanistan thousands of women have recently come together in public risking their lives to ask that their rights and the rights of their children be guaranteed in peace negotiations that so far they have been allowed no part of,” Jolie told a ministerial meeting on U.N. peacekeeping.
On the other hand, Afghanistan government has intensified its efforts towards negotiations with the Taliban group as the country’s President held consultation meetings on Saturday with leaders of political parties to discuss the ongoing peace process. In his tweet, the country’s President said: “This morning, I had a constructive meeting with prominent political leaders in order to reach a unified stance on the peace process and I will continue the consultation with other politicians and representatives of all walks of life with earnest.”
It is worth mentioning that Khalilzad’s last round of talks with the Taliban in Doha was originally slated to last two days in February, but dragged on for 16 days. It eventually ended on March 12 with Khalilzad saying “real strides” had been made. The US State Department on Friday said Khalilzad’s trip was part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ”brings all Afghan parties together in inclusive intra-Afghan negotiations.”
Lailuma Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.