A delegation of Taliban visited Indonesia on August 12-15 and held talks with Indonesian sneior officials over the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, Taliban’s Qatar office confirmed in a statement.
Accoridng to the statement, Taliban’s delegation was led by head of Qatar Office Mullah Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai and they visited Indonesia this week from Saturday to Wednesday.
The Taliban delegation met with Indonesian First Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Indonesia Forieng Minister Retno Marsudi and Hamid Awaluddin, Indonosia’s special representative for Afghanistan, read the statement.
The Taliban delegation and Indonesian officials also held discussions on relations between Taliban and Indonesia, read the statement.
Taliban’s delegation visited Indonesia after in May religious scholars from Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan issued a declaration on the Afghan war and peace process in Indonesia.
The Ulema (religious scholars) stated in the declaration that war and violence have no place in Islam and that Islam is the religion of peace and true believers should put into practice what this religion has said.
The religious scholars said they support any peace offer, efforts and declarations in hope of bringing peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
The declaration stated that the religious scholars of the three countries support the peace offer made by the Afghan government to the Taliban aimed to end war and violence in the country.
“We the Ulema, therefore appreciate and support the offer of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as announced by President Ashraf Ghani during the Kabul Peace Process, February 2018 for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,” read the declaration.
The declaration said the religious scholars also appreciate the regional countries, Muslim nations and the international community's support to the Afghan peace process.
Religious scholars also asked all war parties to lay down their weapons and start direct peace talk.
“We take note of conducive environment for peace in Afghanistan and call upon all sides to join direct peace talks,” read the declaration.
The Ulema said terrorism and extremism in all its form including violence against civilians and suicide attacks are against Islam and that name of no religion, including Islam, should not be used for justification of terror activities.
“We reaffirm that violence and terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group, as violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including violence against civilians and suicide attacks, are against the holy principles of Islam,” read the statement.
All Muslims are brothers and they should stay united and preserve their brotherhood, the declaration said.
The religious scholars said in the declaration that the Ulema of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia can play a crucial role in promoting peace and that they support such efforts.
The Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) says that from Afghanistan 20 religious have attended the meeting and they hope it will have a constructive result for Afghan peace process.