The peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have begun in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday to end the years-long conflict.
According to reports, India can also participate in this dialogue. The representatives of about 30 countries are to participate during the talks. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reached Doha to participate in the peace talks.
Intra-Afghan talks ‘a test for both sides’: Zalmay Khalilzad
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and who conducted this dialogue, has said that the negotiations would be a test for the Afghan government and the Taliban. He hoped that the talks would end the war that had been going on for decades and the withdrawal of American troops would begin.
Also, both sides will be able to agree on a political roadmap. He said that the US will remain engaged through dialogue with both sides and will keep an eye on the situation.
Peace agreement signed between US and Taliban on February 29:
An agreement between the US and the Taliban for peace in Afghanistan was signed on 29 February this year. Under this, the Taliban had to reduce the violence and the US has to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in several stages.
According to the agreement, the Taliban will have to leave al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. At the same time, terrorist attacks on people associated with the Afghan government will also have to be stopped.
Talks after releasing 5000 Taliban militants:
The Afghan government has released 5000 Taliban militants this year to start peace talks. It also includes 400 hardcore terrorists who killed many soldiers and civilians.
The Ashraf Ghani government convened a meeting of 3200 community leaders and politicians last week. At the suggestion of all, a decision was taken on the release of the prisoners.