July 2: Afghans and the Taliban will meet on July 7 and 8 for am Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference in Qatar in a fresh attempt to seek a political solution and end nearly two decades of US military involvement.
Germany, a key player in international support for the post-Taliban government, and Qatar, which maintains contacts with the Talibans are jointly co-hosting Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference to be held in Doha on 7 and 8 July, 2019, Germany’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Afghanistan stands at a critical moment of opportunity for progress towards peace,” Potzel said, adding that “an essential component of any process leading to this objective will be a direct engagement between Afghans.”
“Only Afghans themselves can decide the future of their country. An Intra-Afghan Dialogue can help clarify the options and opportunities of such direct engagement,” he added.
Various stakeholders, representing a wide spectrum of the Afghan people and society will take part in the talks to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
The US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in a tweet on Monday night thanked Germany and Qatar for hosting the July 7-8 intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference and said that this dialogue is an essential element of the four-part peace framework and an important step in advancing the Afghan peace process.
Mutual acceptance, seeking consensus, and agreeing to resolve political differences without force is what is needed to learn from the tragedy of the last 40 years,” Khalilzad said, referring to Afghanistan’s nearly incessant conflict since the Soviet invasion in 1979.
Sectary Pompeo said, “Afghanistan has come far in the last 18 years. Afghans yearn for peace and we share their desire to end the conflict. Peace would offer Afghans and the wider region a different future, one which we are ready to support.”