The Kabul Times.
Editorial

Regional approaches for peace should include Afghan government

China, Russia and the US to meet about the Afghan peace process in Moscow on Oct. 25. Pakistan has also confirmed its participation to the meeting. According to media reports, the meeting will explore options for joint efforts to help resume the stalled talks between the US and the Taliban and start an intra-Afghan dialogue.
In another development, China plans to host an intra-Afghan dialogue between the Taliban and Afghan political leaders and members of civil society. Representatives of the Afghan government will also attend. According to sources, a 25-member delegation from Kabul is likely to take part in the conference.
In the meantime, US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday visited NATO headquarters in Brussels and discussed the Afghan peace process with NATO allies. Khalilzad’s current trip includes stops in Brussels, Paris, and Moscow to discuss the Afghan peace process, the US Department of State said in a statement Monday.
There is a common understanding among a majority of the regional players and world powers about the need for improving stability and security in the region and particularly in Afghanistan.
Afghans believe that regional consensus is a prerequisite for making a breakthrough in peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government and its international allies. Neighboring countries, mainly Pakistan, and regional stakeholders are most likely to be able to push the Taliban to peace table with the Afghan government.
Meanwhile China has great influence on Taliban’s main supporter, Pakistan, and the Russia has too playing key role in the country with direct and non-direct support of the Taliban outfit. These three countries have time and again hosted meetings to help bring peace in the war-torn country with US held nine rounds of talks in Doha which later called off by President Trump, as what he said Taliban was not willing peace, rather involved in bloody campaign against Afghans and their international allies.
The regional meetings were repeatedly failed since the main side of the ongoing conflict, the Afghan government, was not invited. Absence of representatives of a legitimate system in such key talks would bear no positive results, rather would further deteriorate the situation and the militants would turn again a major threat for the regional and global security.
Afghans are better negotiators and intra-Afghan dialogue is likely to yield a positive result sooner. So, the support and cooperation of regional and global actors are crucial in facilitating intra-Afghan talks.
Now if regional stakeholders are concerned about Afghanistan’s security issue and seek to support the Afghan peace process, they have to take more practical steps. It is time for regional actors to stop void promises and aimless talks and use their leverage and power to end the conflict.
Meanwhile the regional countries and world powers should not use Afghanistan as their proxy war, rather seek ways for mutual understanding and shared interests to solve the issues. Afghanistan’s foreign policy is based on partnership and cooperation and has never interfered into internal affairs of its neighbors and willing the same from the regional and world actors to take practical steps for ending of the decades-long conflict through dialogue and participation of the Afghan government representatives.

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The Kabul Times.