Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Qatar takes part in Afghan peace meet

Qatar takes part in Afghan peace meet

Taliban claim they have not been invited for this conference.

M - A final declaration on the situation in Afghanistan has been adopted at the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan on March 27, UzA reports.

They also called upon the Taliban to "accept this offer for a peace process that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned".

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and a number of foreign ministers including those of Russian Federation and Turkey, also attended the conference, but there were no Taliban representatives.

Throughout Monday, officials arrived in the capital including the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Turkmen deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vepa Hadjiyev, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States Thomas Shannon and State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Anwar Mohammed Gargash.

Khawaja Asif said there is a need of collective pressure on Taliban to shun violence and join the peace process.

But the Taliban has so far ruled out direct talks with Kabul and insisted it would only negotiate with the United States, which it calls a "foreign occupying force".

The conference will discuss peace and stability in Afghanistan by promoting cooperation for Afghan reconciliation and in counter terrorism and counter-narcotics. The Taliban also says that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces must withdraw before negotiations can begin.

Russian Federation and the United States also butted heads over Afghanistan in the run-up to the conference.

While the Tashkent meeting did not lead to any breakthrough, it highlighted the potential reemergence of Uzbekistan as a diplomatic player in the region.

He reiterated Qatar's continued efforts to find a solution to the crisis and achieve sustainable peace in Afghanistan, and said that the State of Qatar would do its best to facilitate the process of direct negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government, with the support of its strategic partners.

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