Convergence or Divergence
Intra-Afghan Dialogue at a Decisive Point
Mairaj ul Hamid Nasri
Saturday, September 12, 2020 will be considered a momentous day in the history of the world, especially that of the United States and Afghanistan, and South Asia, for that matter. It was the historic day when the Afghan government and the Taliban began peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha to end the decades-long war on the Afghan soil. The inaugural session was attended by high-level dignitaries of international community including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, and other officials from and representatives of countries including China, Pakistan, India, Norway, Germany, Spain, Finland, Japan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, and Turkey. The Kabul negotiating team comprised 21 members including 5 females and was led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation while Taliban team was led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of Taliban and a former Guantanamo Bay’s detainee.
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