Sharif Amiri

Peace talks began in Doha, Qatar, last month between the Afghan government and the Taliban, even as deadly violence in Afghanistan continues.

Both Afghanistan and the U.S. must avoid mistakes of the 1990s, when Afghanistan descended into a civil war from which the Taliban emerged and gave shelter to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

This is an opportunity for Afghans to seize the opportunity that is provided to them to negotiate a roadmap where groups of different ideas or ideologies, values, can coexist in the same country. And at the same time, there is a lesson for the United States that they cannot abandon Afghanistan.

as the peace talks are not formally started yet, but after zalmay khalilzads visit from Doha some of Afghans believe that the challenges would end and the intra-Afghan dialogue will start soon.

“The fact that the Afghans are sitting across the table for the first time in 42 years is a moment of hope and opportunity,” U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted.

 

I think there are several incentives that they have. One is that they would like Amiricans to withdraw. … But at the same time, they would like to be accepted as a legitimate partner in governing Afghanistan. That means they have to agree with other Afghans that they recognize that what happened in the ’90s did not work. It was a failure and that their relationship with al-Qaida resulted in the attacks by the United States in Afghanistan and the Taliban losing power. They don’t want to repeat that.

But the violence level is still very high, Afghan government believe that Taliban attacked on 24 provinces in last 24 hours which caused 54 ANSF causalities.

There have been no attacks on U.S. forces… And they said they will sit with other Afghans, and they are sitting with other Afghans. Now, we will see whether they do the remaining things that are required or not?