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Afghan government, Taliban leaders meet for peace negotiations

High-ranking officials of the Afghan government and Taliban forces launched peace negotiations on Saturday amid ongoing military clashes in the country.

Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of Afghanistan‘s High Council for National Reconciliation, and Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar led the talks hosted in the Qatari city of Doha, continuing negotiations that began in September 2020.

Abdullah said the Afghan people have been the primary victims of the conflict and that Afghan politicians and government leaders agree there is no military solution as both sides should rather focus on reaching a political settlement.

“We believe that the regional and international environment has been provided … Afghans want the continuation of the world’s support to the peace process,” he said.

Baradar stressed that “a strong, centralized, and independent Islamic system” is necessary for Afghanistan.

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