Almost 50 delegates from Afghanistan and 17 representatives of the Taliban have attended a two-day conference on Afghan peace in Doha which started on Sunday.
Addressing reporters, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the conference is a good opportunity for Afghans to discuss their future.
Anarkali Honaryar one of the Doha delegates said they shared their concerns regarding women's rights, ceasefire, US forces withdrawal, intra-Afghan talks and counterterrorism assurances in their meeting with Khalilzad.
"There is no way except peace, and we are working for peace," said Salam Zaeef, a delegate of Doha meeting told TOLOnews.
“Everyone in the meeting will share their personal views that how peace will be maintained in Afghanistan but the Taliban’s members stance will be expressed in the meeting by the Taliban representative Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai,” a spokesman for Taliban, Suhail Shaheen, told TOLOnews ahead of the meeting.
On July 2, Germany's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, said in a statement that as part of their efforts to support the peace process in Afghanistan, Germany and Qatar will convene an Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference to be held in Doha on 7 and 8 July 2019.
Germany and Qatar hope that this event will contribute to trust-building among key stakeholders, representing a wide spectrum of the Afghan people and society, and thus foster peace and stability in Afghanistan and the wider region.