Abdullah Criticizes Lack of Progress in Doha Talks

Abdullah Criticizes Lack of Progress in Doha Talks

Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, on Friday said the peace negotiations in Qatar have no progress, adding that “what is the sense for the presence of the negotiating team—of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan—then the conflicts are intensifying.”

Addressing the Herat Security Dialogue, Abdullah said no decision has been made on the return of the negotiating team from Doha but added that the Taliban’s calculation about using the increasing violence for concessions in the peace talks is a mistake.

“The talks have not had any impact on the reduction in violence and in improving the security situation, then where they will lead us?” ask Abdullah.

He said that there is a need for Afghans to work together for peace. 

“We have a united stance on one point that this country needs peace. We know it that peace does not mean going back to dark days, peace does not mean recalling bitter memories of the people of Afghanistan; but peace means finding a common way to live in peace despite having different views,” Abdullah said.

“There is no winner in war and no loser in an inclusive peace. I believe in it. There is no loser in a peace in which everyone is included and is owned by Afghans. Both sides should have this mindset,” Abdullah said.    

Former US national security advisor H. R. McMaster in a recorded video in the conference called on the new US administration to remove the roots of support to the Taliban.

He said Iran and Pakistan should play a constructive role in the Afghan peace process.

Abdullah said that the countries in the region have an impact on the Afghan peace process and that peace and stability in Afghanistan are in their favor.

Addressing the same event virtually on Thursday evening, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said the Taliban are seeking concessions in the peace talks by increasing violence in the country.

“We did not recognize the US-Taliban agreement. We said we take note of it. We are not a signatory to the Doha agreement,” Saleh said.

This comes as President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Both sides discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, the peace process, and NATO’s continued support for the security of Afghanistan, presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

Reuters on Friday reported that France will ask the United States not to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to Reuters, Jean-Yves Le Drian and President Emmanuel Macron are due to meet Pompeo on Monday in the French capital.