By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuþoðlu and welcomed Turkey’s hosting of the next round of Afghan peace talks, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a statement on Sunday.
FM Atmar praised Turkey’s readiness to hold the next round of Afghan peace talks and said “it is expected to be a step forward in securing a ceasefire and reaching a political solution in accordance with the will of the Afghan people,” the statement said. The proposed UN-led conference on Afghan peace talks in Turkey may take place on March 27, according to some sources.
The conference was proposed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a letter to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. In the letter, Blinken puts forth suggestions to the Afghan government to accelerate the peace process, including convening a UN-facilitated conference with international stakeholders, proposals to facilitate discussion between the two sides to form a negotiated settlement and ceasefire, a meeting in Turkey between both sides to finalize a peace agreement, and a revised proposal for a 90-day reduction in violence.