By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in Qatar’s capital, Doha, for a bilateral meeting with the country’s top leaders but reportedly will not hold a meeting with Taliban officials even as peace talks are underway in Doha.
Negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban that started last month are aimed at the warring sides agreeing to a reduction of violence and a possible future peace agreement in Afghanistan.
Violence, however, has not abated even as Afghan negotiators have been engaged in direct talks for the first time.
Clashes and suicide attacks have left dozens of civilians dead in recent weeks. On Monday, a suicide car bomber targeted the convoy of a provincial governor in eastern Afghanistan killing at least eight people and injuring 30, including children, government officials said.
No militant group claimed responsibility for the latest attack but both Islamic State and the Taliban are active in the area.
Several meetings are planned to discuss efforts for deepening Afghanistan-Qatar ties and mutual cooperation in various areas,” the presidential press office statement said before president’s departure to Qatar.
The intra-Afghan talks are part of a February deal between the militants and the United States that has cleared the way for U.S. forces to withdraw from their longest war.
But so far there has been no progress as the warring Afghans have become bogged down on processes and procedures.