Indonesia pledges to mediate in Afghan peace process

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) on Monday announced that Indonesia has pledged to cooperate with Afghanistan in its efforts for peace and reconciliation.

Quoting HPC source, the TOLOnews reported a high-level Indonesian delegation would visit Kabul in less than two weeks’ time to conduct talks on how to engage in the peace process with the Taliban insurgents.

In November HPC chief, Mohammad Karim Khalili, travelled to Indonesia where he held discussions with high-ranking Indonesian officials including President Joko Widodo on the peace process in Afghanistan.

“I think it is the first time that a big nation like Indonesia shows a willingness to share its experience regarding peace and reconciliation with Afghanistan and play a constructive role in the process,” said HPC member Attaurrahman Saleem.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hizb-e-Islami party also exuded confidence in Indonesia’s mediation in Afghan peace process. Mohammad Amin Karim, member of Hizb-e-Islam, said, “The Indonesian president said in a televised speech that Indonesia is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan and act as a mediator between the Tahrik-e-Taliban, the Afghan government, and high peace council. God willing, we will witness more efforts from this country in the weeks to come.”

A member of the party accompanied the HPC delegation to Indonesia last month.

Afghan political parties and lawmakers in the parliament until now have been critical about the failure of the HPC to bring the Taliban to the negotiation table and have often blasted the HPC.

MP Ramazan Bashardost, “I think the stories about the war and peace in Afghanistan by those individuals who are currently in the high peace council or ARG (presidential palace) are useless and not comprehensive.”

“Everyone wants to know about the performance of the high peace council. The HPC needs to work seriously in this respect,” said Senator Anarkali Honaryar.

The HPC, however, is optimistic that Indonesia will share its experience for peace with Afghanistan as the country itself has faced major ups and downs in the search for peace.

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