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Posted On: 29 January 2012 04:08 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Taliban diplomats in Qatar in preparation for office opening

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A number Taliban diplomats have arrived in Qatar to prepare for the opening of an office which will serve as a place to host negotiations between America, the Taliban and the Afghan government. According to former Taliban officials who are now part of Hamid Karzai’s peace council, talks could begin in just a matter of weeks. Included in the delegation is Tayeb Agha, former secretary to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, a former deputy foreign minister, and Shahabuddin Delawar, a former envoy to Riyadh, according to a report from the Daily Telegraph. Speaking to the newspaper, Mohammed Qalamuddin, who was once chief of the Taliban’s “vice and virtue” police, said that all of the delegates are well-educated, fluent in English and considered “moderate yet committed”. Former Taliban minister Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, a member of the High Peace Council recently stated that the Taliban are willing to compromise and be open to peace talks. 7Days