• publish: 23 December 2020
  • time: 6:07 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 16402

Abdullah: reduction in violence will be focus of next round of talks

Abdulllah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, told Afghans living in Tajikistan that the reduction in violence will be focused on in the second round of peace talks expected to start on January 5.

Abdullah also said that any further increase in violence will lead Afghanistan in an uncertain direction.

He told guests present at the meeting that the leadership committee of the High Council for Reconciliation will meet soon to advise the Republic’s negotiators.

“More killing does not gain political advantages,” said Abdullah.

Meanwhile, some members of the Republic’s negotiating team called on government to clarify their authorities ahead of the next round of talks.

“It needs to clarified; what we can negotiate in the peace talks,” said Fawzia Koofi, a peace talks team member.

This comes after Abdullah wrapped up a two-day visit to Tajikistan on Monday night and after three high-ranking officials from the US Department of Defense, including acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller met with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul in the past week to discuss the peace process.

It is not however clear if they discussed the reduction of US troops in Afghanistan – a move that will see only 2,500 American soldiers in the country by mid-January.

However, one politician Ahmadullah Alizai said: “These trips are not important; it’s results that are important, what people want.”

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