Afghan govt insists on Taliban peace talks in Kabul

By: News Desk      Published: 11:54 AM, 29 Dec, 2020
Afghan govt insists on Taliban peace talks in Kabul
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The Afghan government has been insisting on holding the second round of peace talks in Kabul rather than in Doha, Qatar, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Tuesday. 

The second round of Afghan peace talks is due to be held in Doha on January 5.

Quoting sources, the TV channel reported that the Afghan government has already started contacting the Afghan Taliban in this regard. 

Sources add that the Afghan Taliban have conveyed to the Afghan government that the idea of holding peace talks in Kabul could be discussed during talks in Doha on January 5.

Earlier, the Afghan officials had said the government had decided to hold the second round of peace negotiations with the Taliban in Doha, the same place where the first round was held.

Faridoon Khawzoon, a spokesman for the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation, had said the decision was taken due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

Doha was also the venue for negotiations between the United States and the Taliban that led to the signing of a deal between the two countries in February 2020. The Taliban have maintained an unofficial political office in Doha for years.

In the first round, the two sides had agreed on the code of conduct for the negotiations. Before taking a three-week break, the two sides had shared agenda items.