By: Lailuma Noori
US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban Deputy Leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar have finally signed the long-awaited peace deal in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, aimed to bring peace in Afghanistan and lead to ending the long-term conflict in the country.
In connection with the peace deal between US and Taliban, chief executive office in a statement has considered signing the deal as a key and historic incident and welcomed it.
“Reaching to an agreement in which the ongoing dispute is resolved through talks is a significant development and achievement. The people of Afghanistan are tired of the continued and destructive war; therefore, we consider fair, lasting and dignified peace as a priority,” the statement added.
Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in a statement has welcomed signing the peace agreement between US and Taliban and hoped the agreement would open a door to permanent peace in the country.
“I hope peace agreement between US and Taliban will both open door to lasting peace and result in leading and executing all peace efforts by Afghans. The people of Afghanistan hope peace results in consolidation of national unity and creation of a strong government based on law of the country,” Karzai said.
Meanwhile, NATO in a statement has also welcomed signing the peace agreement between US and Taliban in Doha. All NATO’s 29 member countries by releasing a statement has welcomed the step for peacefully ending conflicts in Afghanistan, declaring that NATO would review the current situation in the country.
“In this context, the alliance and its partners in the Resolute Support Mission will implement conditions-based adjustments, including a reduction to our military presence,” it said.
NATO reaffirms its longstanding commitment to Afghanistan and ongoing support for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. We are committed to working with the Afghan people and government to support next steps toward peace, the statement said.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement on Saturday welcomed the successful conclusion of a seven-day period of Reduction in Violence (RIV), expressing hope that it will lead to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.
“All stakeholders must now look to make genuine and concrete steps toward ending the war,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
The statement also reads: “Intra-Afghan negotiations are central to the peace efforts. The United Nations welcomes the commitment expressed by the parties to intra-Afghan negotiations; and urges them to move ahead expeditiously with their preparations to start the negotiations, including through forming a truly representative negotiation team.”
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan government does not agree on some articles of the peace agreement. Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Muhib says Afghanistan government does not agree on mentioning of the Islamic Emirate in content of the respective agreement.
In general Afghans have different visions in connection with signing of the peace agreement between US and Taliban. A number of Afghan citizens are hopeful for ending the continued war by signing the agreement, while a number of others are skeptical in this regard.
It is worth mentioning that the agreement was signed following a successful weeklong period of a reduction in violence which was announced on February 22.