Afghan govt in talks with Qatar for closing Taliban office


KABUL: The Afghan government has started discussions with the Qatari government for closing down Taliban’s Doha office as it has not yet helped in facilitating peace talks with Taliban, a senior Afghan government official said.
According to Afghan media, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Adviser told a daily newspaper in the Middle East, that there is no need to keep the office open.
“The (Taliban’s) Qatar office had no benefit for us even after seven years. We are discussing with Qatar government that this office had no positive result in the peace process and it is better to close it,” Atmar said in the interview.
“The aim behind opening of this office was to start official peace negotiations with the Taliban from the address, but so far no official negotiation from the office has been started with government. Even a single step has not been taken forward in the peace process through this office,” Qadir Shah, a spokesperson for Atmar’s office said.– Agencies


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