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Taliban new political chief won’t attend peace talks in Qatar

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The only way for solution of dispute in Afghanistan is direct peace talks with the Taliban group. As it is determined that fifth round of peace talks is held between US delegation led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the country’s special peace envoy for Afghanistan, and members of the Taliban group in Qatar in a day, it is reported that Taliban new political chief won’t attend the peace talks.
Afghan Taliban leaders have said that their new political chief will not attend peace talks with U.S. envoys that are due to place in Qatar on Monday.
U.S. officials want to meet with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, hoping the Taliban’s co-founder and military veteran will add momentum and have the clout to discuss issues that have made it difficult to broker a peace deal with Afghanistan’s government.
But senior Taliban leaders said Baradar would not be travelling to Qatar because he has had difficulties obtaining travel documents.
They said there are also differences among the Taliban leadership over the precise role that Baradar should have in the talks. Mullah Baradar was released from a Pakistani jail last year in October. His appointment was widely seen as marking a new push by the Taliban to achieve political and diplomatic legitimacy.
Zalmay Khalilzad, US special peace envoy for Afghanistan, held talks with Turkish officials, including Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and Ibrahim Kalin, a senior advisor to Turkish president, during his visit to Turkey the other day as part of a multi-nation trip on Afghanistan peace. 
According to reports, Khalilzad and Kalin discussed the ongoing negotiation process and latest developments in Afghanistan, solidarity and political stability.
The two highlighted the importance of deep-rooted historical and cultural ties, friendship and brotherhood between Turkey and Afghanistan in providing lasting peace and sustainable stability and security environment in Afghanistan.
Turkey’s role and efforts in Afghanistan’s national peace process and reestablishing stability were also discussed.
Hours after his meeting, Khalilzad said in a tweet that he met Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister SedatOnal and Ibrahim Kalin, an advisor to Turkish president. 
“Turkey has a deep, rich relationship with #Afghanistan. Turkey is considering what it can do to facilitate the current peace process,” he tweeted.
On the other hand, U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan has called on Afghanistan government to create a unified, inclusive, and national negotiating team to join in peace talks with Taliban negotiators, adding that the Afghan negotiating team should include members of the Afghan government and other Afghans.
Afghanistan government has always stressed on the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, asking for direct peace talks with the Taliban group, but so far, the group has refused to meet the government negotiating team. 
Meanwhile, for acceleration of peace talks with the Taliban group, Afghanistan government has announced a consultative Loya Jirga, a traditional grand assembly, will be held in March to gather views and opinions about the peace talks.
Lailuma Noori

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