DOHA, Qatar – A joint meeting between the negotiating teams of Afghanistan and the Taliban was expected on Saturday evening in Doha, according to sources, to resolve disputed points regarding rules and regulations of the peace talks.
There is no report immediately released on whether or not the talks were held Saturday night.
The two sides have a disagreement on four key issues: one of them is the term used for “war,” according to TOLOnews reporter Karim Amini in Doha, while others revolve around religious and human rights matters.
This came a week after an opening meeting of the intra-Afghan talks were held on Saturday, September 12, in Qatari capital Doha, leading the negotiators to at least a dozen sub-meetings to form an agenda and the mechanism of the negotiations. Yet, the parties have to unite thoughts to finally begin the first round of intra-Afghan talks.
DOHA, Qatar – Members of the Afghan “contact group” said the scheduled first round of intra-Afghan negotiations on Monday were delayed due to controversies on talks’ agenda and terms, according to sources, pushing the country’s expectations further away.
Both the Afghan and the Taliban “contact group” have to decide on an agenda, the code of conduct and a due date for the first round of the intra-Afghan talks.
While sources suggested the groups have held two meeting by far: one Sunday evening and other on Monday morning, Afghan negotiator Habiba Sarabi said only one meeting held, adding “we should not expect decisions on everything in a short time.”
The second meeting of the “contact group” is scheduled Monday evening, she clarified.
“The agenda comes later (in discussions). First, we should decide on the principles of the negotiations,” said Matin Bek, a negotiator from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as quoted by TOLOnews. “Other topics might take time, but we have made good progress jointly.”
The delay came a day after sources said both side of the negotiations formed the “contact group” at a meeting held behind closed door on Saturday, after the opening of Intra-Afghan talks.
Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Nader Nadery, Zarar Ahmad Muqbil, Fawzia Koofi, Enayatullah Baligh, Mohammad Natiqi and Khalid Noor are the seven members of the contact group, representing Afghanistan.
While, the Taliban’s contact group members are Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, Abbas Stanekzai, Noorullah Noori, Shaikh Delawar and Shaikh Qasim.