Qatar has reiterated that there is no military solution to Afghan conflict and it can only be addressed through a peaceful resolution.
The message was conveyed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Special Envoy for Counterterrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution Dr. Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani in his speech during the Intra-Afghan Talks on Sunday in Doha.
“Qatar continues its efforts as a mediator to build trust, reach a sustainable ceasefire, achieve civilians protection, release prisoners, bring together the views of the parties concerned in the conflict to reach a political solution that will ensure the achievement of peace, stability and prosperity for the Afghan people, which will positively affect the promotion of regional and international peace and stability”, he added.
About 50 leading Afghan politicians and civil society members met with a team of the Taliban in two-day Intra-Afghan Conference for Peace being hosted jointly by Qatar and Germany.
“Future of Afghanistan could not be imposed from outside”, German Envoy
Dr. Al Qahtani stated that the Intra-Afghan Talks is a historic meeting, pointing out that the meeting is an integral part of this peace process and tangible evidence of serious desire and genuine dialogue in the pursuit of peace in Afghanistan.
He added that Afghan people have displayed a strong desire for peace.
Special Envoy said that the Afghan people are going through a crucial historical phase that separates two options: to move forward in strengthening the political process, guaranteeing all the rights of the Afghan people and achieving their aspirations for security, stability, prosperity and risking the collapse of the situation, the continuation of the cycle of violence and destruction and the disappearance of the dreams of future generations.
German envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel while addressing the participants stated that Germany and Qatar had taken the initiative to conduct such a dialogue because they wished to do their part to open the way for peace in Afghanistan.
“The ongoing talks between the United States and the Taliban provided a historic opportunity for the intra-Afghan dialogue, which is hoped to turn into constructive negotiations,” Potzel said.
“Future of Afghanistan could not be imposed from outside but could only be achieved by the Afghans themselves”, he warned.
The German envoy pointed out that the dialogue would provide the opportunity to build a common understanding by identifying the issues to be resolved and would open the way to engage in joint Afghan negotiations.
“Afghan crisis to be deal by the Afghan themselves”, Al Qahtani
On the sideline of the Intra-Afghan Peace Talks, Dr. Al Qahtani expressed appreciation of everyone’s effort to reach peaceful resolutions especially those made between Taliban’s and US.
Dr. Al Qahtani pointed out that the talks revolve around four axes, the first is not to use Afghan territory by any party to threaten the interests of the United States or its allies and other countries in the region, the second is the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghan territory within specific time frames, the third to be a dialogue and direct talks between Afghans and some between the Taliban and the Afghan government, and the fourth is to have a comprehensive ceasefire.
He said that progress has been made in the first and second axes, while further progress is being made in the third axis, namely, dialogue, since dialogue comes first, followed by direct negotiations.
On the role of Qatar in mediation, Dr. Al Qahtani stressed that the Afghan crisis concerns Afghans in the first place, saying Afghans are the ones who deal with it and we are only helping them to end this ongoing war.
“There is no military solution to this crisis, as there is a regional and international consensus that the negotiations in Qatar are the right path to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan”, he said.
On Taliban’s ceasefire condition before sitting with the Afghan government, Dr. Al Qahtani said that the issue of a ceasefire is an integral part of the agreement and the political process in Afghanistan.
As for the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban after seven rounds of dialogue, Dr. Al Qahtani said that there is a great progress, expressing hope that the agreement can announced during this year.