Publish dateSunday 13 September 2020 - 09:52
Story Code : 218699
Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar
After nearly two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands, peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban have opened in Qatar's capital.
Key speakers at Saturday's opening ceremony at a hotel in Doha included Abdullah Abdullah, chairperson of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The negotiations, where the two warring sides will sit face-to-face for the first time, will start on Monday.
For his part, Abdullah spoke about seeking a dignified and lasting peace.
"I believe that if we give hands to each other and honestly work for peace, the current ongoing misery in the country will end," Abdullah said, calling for a "humanitarian ceasefire".
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
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