Afghanistan: High Peace Council says unconditional talks with Taliban

The High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili at a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday said the council is ready to start peace talks with the Taliban without any pre-condition, the TOLOnews reported.

He said the Taliban could open their office, for the peace talks, in any part of the world and even in Kabul.

The Indonesian vice president and a group of that country’s religious scholars will visit Kabul shortly.

“Our main duty is to end the war and begin the peace negotiations,” Khalili said. “People should be involved in the peace process. We had discussions with political parties, and they announced their support to the peace process.”

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.

Afghan HPC delegation in a meeting with ranking Indonesian officials, including President Widodo in November

The HPC chief said the Indonesian government is interested in helping the Afghan peace process to end the war in the country.

At the same event, Akram Khpulwak, head of the secretariat of the High Peace Council, said they are ready to open talks with the Taliban “through whatever mechanism they suggest”.

“We hope Taliban gives a positive response to the call for peace. No one thinks war is a solution to the problem in Afghanistan,” Khpulwak said.

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

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