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Afghanistan’s stability hinges on regional consensus for peace process

Afghan government has constantly reiterated that regional stakeholders carry heavy weight in Afghanistan’s peace process and could nudge the Taliban to come to the table with the Afghan government.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan appreciated efforts made by our neighboring countries and regional and international partners for peace and emphasized on importance of continuing these efforts and cooperation.
Appreciating the importance of the Troika meeting on Afghanistan peace in Moscow and the proposed peace conference in Turkey, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered them complementary to the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha and not as a substitute to it.
“The delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is currently engaged in negotiation with the Taliban delegation in Doha and these negotiations will continue in the future,” according to MoFA statement.
Meanwhile, a 12-member delegation of the Afghan government led by Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, will attend the Moscow meeting that will be held on Thursday, the reconciliation council confirmed. According to Afghan and US officials the Moscow meeting will complement all other international efforts to support the Afghanistan peace process and also reflects the international community’s concerns about the progress to date.
Indeed, the collective efforts will be more fruitful than those of individual. That is, if regional states open talks with the Taliban individually and without consultation with the Afghan government, it will not bear the desired result and the situation will be rather complicated.
Therefore, regional stakeholders have to continue their collective efforts to broker intra-Afghan talks and support the relevant parties to end the conflict. The collective efforts of regional and global states, including the US, Russia, China, Germany, Pakistan, and Qatar, are highly significant. The more countries put their weight behind the peace process, so that the peace talks to be more productive peace talks will be. Since a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will be in the interests of the region, regional states have to engage constructively in the process.
Meanwhile, the Afghan government and political factions have formed an inclusive national consensus for the peace process. The recent meetings of politicians with president and chairman of the high council for national reconciliation and their reiterated supports for republic and democratic achievements have created a positive atmosphere in the country.
Therefore, heads of political parties and jihadi leaders have to support the government’s stance on peace talks. Selective approach, as some Afghan politicians had earlier adopted towards peace talks will neither lead to peace and nor be acceptable to Afghan nation. If political figures really pursue national interests, they have to stand with the government, as they have been now.
To pursue fruitful peace process, forming regional and national consensus is highly essential. Regional and global stakeholders have to push for intra-Afghan dialogue as well as end of conflict. Both the Afghan government and the Taliban have to hold direct talks to resolve their issues before it is too late.

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