DOHA, Qatar – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in an official trip to Kuwait and Qatar, met with peace negotiators of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha, after meeting Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the new Emir of Kuwait, on Monday.
Ghani’s trip raised a mix of reaction among critics who said he might meet the Taliban in Doha. But this claim was rejected by the republic’s negotiators.
“The problems that we face, and the issues that remained unsolved, are not related to the trip of the president, but the host countries can make efforts to convince the other side to finalize the procedural rules,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, an Afghan negotiator, as TOLOnews quoted.
“The president’s trip is not related to the negotiations. It is an official trip between Afghanistan and Qatar,” said Nader Nadery, another Afghan negotiator.
Ghani is due to meet United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. Scott Miller, the top commander for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.