The Regional and International Affairs Commission for the High Council for National Reconciliation, held its second monthly meeting today, a few days after the second meeting of the Leadership Commission of the HCNR. Members in attendance included the head of the High Council, Abdullah Abdullah, the state minister for peace Affairs, Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi, Chief negotiator Masoom Stanekzai, and Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab, along with members of the
The meeting held between Kabul’s diplomatic corps and the HCNR was set to further discuss points highlighted in the Leadership Commission’s meeting. According to Abdullah Abdullah, the main purpose of the meeting today was to “brief international partners on the latest developments in the peace process inside the country and in Doha”. The leadership commission reiterated their support for Afghanistan’s negotiation team and the need to maintain unity and inclusivity in the guidelines for the peace talks.
The diplomatic corps and the international partners present at the meeting, voiced their support for the HCNR’s efforts and called for an immediate ceasefire and expediting the peace talks. The members also reiterated the significance of sending a unified message in support of the peace process. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah reassured International partners that the negotiating team is working hard and meeting different stakeholders, to build on the principles set forth by the HCNR. He said that the guiding principles for the negotiating team include a peaceful settlement that does not undermine the past 20 years of sacrifices by the Afghan.
Stanekzai, the chief negotiator also reported to the members that discussions on the agenda of the talks are currently underway and serious discussions can be held on the agreed points by the end of the week. Key outcomes of the meeting were the continued emphasis on an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process and a call for an immediate ceasefire, while all parties condemned targeted killings.