Pompeo: Great to see senior government, civil society, women, Taliban reps at one table together
As intra-Afghan peace conference began in Doha on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that it was great to see senior government, civil society, women and Taliban representatives at one table together.
“All Americans should be glad to see Afghans sitting with Afghans to begin the tough task of ending their country's conflict and building a shared future together,” Pompeo said on Twitter.
The two-day conference is being co-hosted by Germany and Qatar. Participants are attending the meeting in personal capacity to exchange views on peace.
At the conference, the Taliban reiterated that they were not seeking monopoly of power in Afghanistan, but will have role in future governance. They also said that they would have certain policies on women’s rights and economy of the country, according to participants.
The conference is expected to conclude by issuing a joint declaration tomorrow Monday.
Din Mohammad, a participant, reduction of fighting was discussed at the meeting, but suggested that there was no possibility of an immediate ceasefire.
Jamaluddin Badr, another participant, said that the Taliban insisted that they wanted an Islamic system in Afghanistan, but were not more specific about it.
The conference kicked off amid seventh round of talks between the United States and the Taliban which is expected to resume on Tuesday.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has described the latest round of talks as the most productive so far.