Doha, Qatar – Dozens of high-profile Afghan politicians and civil society activists, including women, are meeting with the Taliban in the Qatari capital for an in-Afghanistan summit to seek lasting peace in war-torn countries Afghanistan.
The two-day summit, sponsored by Qatar and Germany, began on early Sunday and is visited by a delegation of some 50 high profile Afghan citizens.
"The meeting is" Former Afghan Envoy for Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal, who is attending the Summit, told Al Jazeera that he wanted to continue the in-peace negotiations in Afghanistan. "Zakhilwal said the summit" complemented "the ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban are also taking place in Doha.
During the meeting, Taliban fighters killed at least eight people on Sunday and wounded more than 50 civilians in a car bomb attack in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.
The Taliban, who have repeatedly refused to negotiate with the West-backed government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, agreed to join the summit, on the condition that the participants do so in a personal capacity.
"Taliban not I would like to sit down with the Afghan Government because it believes that peace talks with the Government will affect the morale of its fighters on the battlefield, "said political analyst Hashim Wahdatyar, director at the Institute for Current World Affairs in Washington, Al Jazeera.
"As the Taliban come from a position of strength, the group believes they control both war and peace."
Not the first such summit At the summit, issues such as the rights of women and minorities were discussed. He did not disclose the details of the agenda.
"Afghanistan stands at a critical moment for progress towards peace," said German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, in a statement after the Summit announcement last week.
"An integral part of any process leading to this goal will be the direct involvement of Afghans," he said.
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In April a similar meeting between Afghan and Taliban representatives in Doha broke out after disagreements between the two sides together the number of Afghan delegates.
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However, Moscow has held two intra-Afghan meetings so far. In February high-ranking Afghan politicians, including former President Hamid Karzai, met a Taliban delegation in the Russian capital and discussed, among other things, the adoption of a new constitution and a transitional government.
The two groups, bitter former enemies, also saw praying and dining together during talks in Moscow.
In May, a Taliban team led by chief Negotiator Mullah Baradar Akhund met Afghan politicians, including those planning to challenge President Ashraf Ghani in the presidential elections in September, again in Moscow. The Taliban effectively controlling half of Afghanistan, said "decent progress" "was made at the Moscow talks, but negotiations were still ongoing.
" The same conference took place in Moscow with a much higher one Participation, however, brought no results, "said the political analyst Wahdatyar Al Jazeera.
" The talks in Qatar, however, are paving the way for a series of further intra-Afghan dialogues in the country Paving the way, "he said.
" Remember, it's not a project that produces results. It's a process, and it will take time and effort to find a solution to the war in Afghanistan.
Today, the Taliban are more powerful than ever since they were overthrown after the US overthrow in 2001, invading and chasing Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks.
US Taliban talks paused
In the meantime, the seventh round of the US-Taliban peace talks in Doha has been interrupted Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = en Taliban told Al Jazeera that negotiations were suspended for two days for the in-Afghanistan summit to take place the day after, "Suhail Shaheen said Saturday. "Talks between the US and the Taliban will resume on Tuesday."
The peace talks between the US and the Taliban aim to identify details of a framework agreement reached in January. The agreement includes a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, a truce and a Taliban guarantee that foreign groups should not use the country as a base for global attacks.
US peace envoy Khalilzad, in charge of talks with the Taliban in Doha, told Al Jazeera that "substantial progress" had been made in the last round of talks.
"We have made significant progress on all four counts: assurances of counterterrorism relevant to the US and the world, withdrawal of foreign troops of importance to the Taliban, intra-Afghan negotiations, including unification on a road map for the political future of Afghanistan and a full, comprehensive and lasting ceasefire, "said Khalilzad.
"For the first time, I can say that we have made substantial progress on all four elements."
In spite of ongoing efforts to end the 18-year Afghanistan War, it has been lately There have been a number of deadly attacks across the country.
On Friday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite mosque in the Afghan province of Ghazni, killing two people.
Also on Friday, at least 14 people were killed and dozens injured when a market was hit by mortar fire in Khwaja Sabz Posh district, Faryab province.
Last week, during the morning rush hour, the Taliban detonated a mighty car bomb in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 16 people and injuring 105 others, including 51 children and five women.
The Taliban were called to civilian casualties by the United Nations, Afghan NGOs and the Afghan government.
"For lasting peace and stability, the Afghan security forces must become stronger, also to avoid the repetition of a civil war A certain number of international troops must remain in Afghanistan," Wahdatyar said.
"Otherwise, the negotiations in Qatar will not bring peace, and if the US withdraws, the country will become a stronghold of international terrorism."