Direct talks between Afghan government, Taliban could start in a 'few months'

Salaam Times

KABUL -- Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban could take place in the coming months, Mohammad Umer Daudzai, President Ashraf Ghani's special representative for regional affairs for consensus on peace, said Wednesday (February 20), according to TOLOnews.

"Within a few months, we will witness direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban," Daudzai said during a conference of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul.

The Afghan government will hold a consultative jirga from March 17-20 where the participants will share their views on the peace talks with the Taliban, said Daudzai, whom Ghani assigned to organise the event.

At least 30% of the participants will be women, added Daudzai.

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