The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said that any future dialogue between Afghans will be inclusive, vital and result-oriented.
This comes after a 60-member Afghan delegation comprising Afghanistan’s politicians, representatives of media outlets, civil society activists, youths and women met senior members of the Taliban in the Gulf State of Qatar on July 7 and 8 where they issued a resolution in which the Taliban committed to reduce violence and halt attacks on certain areas such as “religious centers, schools, hospitals, educational centers, bazaars, water dams, and workplaces”.
An intra-Afghan dialogue conference is expected to be convened in one of the regional countries, said MoFA spokesman Sibghat Ahmadi.
“This time we were in the confidence-building process and of course German special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan said that the process of the confidence-building measure was successful and the next phase will be more important, comprehensive and result-oriented,” said Ahmadi.
Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani thanked German Special Envoy Markus Potzel for his efforts towards prompting intra-Afghan talks.
He said in a tweet that he met with Ambassador Potzel and thanked him for his efforts in facilitating the intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha.
Rabbani said that the dialogue marked a basis to strengthen common understanding, which is key to achieving a lasting peace.
"We look forward to an early start of formal talks,” Rabbani tweeted.
Meanwhile, the High Peace Council (HPC) in a statement has said that the peace facilitating body expects that the intra-Afghan dialogue opens the way for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
“We welcome efforts by all countries for peace in Afghanistan, the efforts which are carried out in harmony with the Afghan government help us in bringing peace in the country,” said HPC spokesman Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed.
Sources closed to the Taliban said that in the future meetings, serious discussions will be conducted on the issue of direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
“The confidence-building measure process has completed, but now the discussions will take more serious nature and important issues will be discussed in the peace process,” said Abdul Shakoor Mutmaen, a former Taliban commander.
The Afghan government has been absent from the recent diplomatic efforts on the peace process in the country has expressed hope that direct talks between the government and the Taliban will take place in the near future.
“Our expectation from the US is to pave the way for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban so that we can witness a reduction in the level of violence and war,” said Omid Maisam, deputy spokesman to Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
Although the Afghan government is apparently satisfied with the recent intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha, officials in Kabul leveled some criticisms on the resolution which was issued after the two-day conference by saying that the resolution has undermined freedom of speech, the safety of media, the democratic system and elections.
Germany’s Special Envoy Markus Potzel said at the conclusion of the meeting that the Doha conference was a success and that one of the most important points of the joint statement is the promise of reduction of violence in Afghanistan.
The recent talks in Doha also raised a warm welcome at the international level.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed the Intra-Afghan Conference on Peace in Doha and said that conditions of trust and cooperation for sustainable peace in Afghanistan are available.
“Ultimately, there is an extended desire for cooperation and trust in the establishment of sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan have been created. We appreciate the Afghan and American governments for their work on a political settlement which is moving slowly. I am fully confident that the meeting which was co-hosted by Germany and Qatar on Saturday give more strength to the peace process in Afghanistan,” said Merkel.