Taliban Not Attend Jeddah Session

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Peace High Council will not repeat the bitter experience of Abu Dhabi in Jeddah
Taliban have said that they would not attend Jeddah session but continue their political affairs through their office in Qatar.
BNA reporter reporting the issue writes a senior member of Taliban has said to an Arabic news agency that the representatives of the group has plan to continue peace contacts via their office in Qatar.
This Taliban member has said that they were under pressure to visit Afghan state representatives in Jeddah, but they are not ready to meet the representatives of Afghan government.
Zabihullah Mujhid   the spokesperson of Taliban has been said to be in Karachi also confirmed that Saudi Arabia session has been cancelled but gave no details about upcoming sessions.
The representatives of Taliban so far have visited Zalmay Khalilzad the US special envoy on Afghanistan three times, but denied holding direct talks with Afghan government.
It was due to the representatives of Taliban and US in January first days in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah session is the continuation of Abu Dhabi session which was held a month ago and Taliban representatives were not ready to meet the representatives of Afghan government.
The Afghan government a twelve member delegation headed by the head of presidency affairs office to Abu Dhabi.
Although denying of Taliban to meet and talk with the Afghan government delegation had severe reactions among the countries of the region even among the patrons of the group, Afghan government criticized why it sent a delegation to Abu Dhabi under such a vague program.
A number of political elites and civil society activists calling the attendance of state representatives scornful while the stance of Afghan government is stronger both in political and fighting fields than Taliban who have been accused for terrorist activities.
These political elites warned that in Jeddah session, the bitter experience of Doha or other sessions should not be repeated.
The peace high council also confirmed that so far it is not set up a precise time for holding Jeddah session.
The deputy spokesperson of high council confirmed that the session hosting by Saudi Arabia and so far that country has not consulted with the participants of the session.
The deputy spokesperson added, Jeddah session is the continuation of Abu Dhabi holding by countries like American and United Arabic Emirates and these countries continuing these sessions end inter Afghan negotiations.
He insisted on carrying out direct peace talks with Taliban in any time.
In the meantime, political elites say that avoiding of Taliban to hold talks with the representatives of Afghan government clearly indicate that the group has no any interest for restoring peace and stability in to Afghanistan.
According the elites the differences among Taliban, have caused different views among the group.
Sometimes ago Mullah A. Hanan Nayazi a separated leader of Taliban severely criticized why did not the group meet the government representatives in Abu Dhabi. Also Sayed Akber Agha once an important member of Taliban reacted against the action of Taliban’s leadership stationed in Pakistan.
Also, a number of Kuita council and some commanders of the group inside Afghanistan insist on holding talks between Taliban and the representatives of Afghan government.  They say Taliban will finally meet the representatives of Afghan government.  Therefore it would be better for preventing further bloodshed, the process should become shorter.

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