Peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban began last September in Doha, before they were subsequently floundered by the escalation of violence.
An Afghan source told Al-Jazeera that the peace process between the government and the Taliban movement will be developed within the framework of a regional conference sponsored by the United Nations, which will lead to a participatory government between the current Afghan administration and the Taliban.
He added that the Doha agreement was among the discussions of the US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, with all Afghan parties, about the new US vision on Afghanistan.
The source confirmed that the US envoy held 3 meetings with the Afghan president to reach a consensus with Kabul on the American vision.
He added that Khalilzad indicated the need to appoint a special UN envoy on Afghanistan.
He also indicated that the US envoy will travel tomorrow to the Qatari capital, Doha, to discuss the US vision with representatives of the Taliban.
Challenges and efforts
In a related context, Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atamar discussed with the US envoy the challenges of peace operations in the country, and Washington’s review of the Taliban’s commitments.
A Foreign Ministry statement said that the two sides stressed the success of the peace process in Afghanistan, and the joint efforts of Washington and Cable in this regard.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry said in the statement that Athmar praised Washington’s efforts to resolve the Afghan crisis, and stressed the importance of regional and international support for the peace process.
For his part, Khalilzad stressed the role of the countries of the region in the peace process, and the full US support for achieving regional consensus on Afghanistan.
Yesterday, an Afghan government source confirmed to Al-Jazeera that Khalilzad had discussed in the capital, Kabul, amending the peace agreement concluded a year ago between Washington and the Taliban.
The Afghan government source told Al-Jazeera correspondent that Khalilzad confirmed – during his meetings with Afghan leaders in Kabul, on Monday – that the US administration does not want to exit from the Doha agreement, but rather intends to amend it.
Khalilzad delivered two copies of the new US vision regarding Afghanistan to President Ashraf Ghani and the head of the Reconciliation Committee, Abdullah Abdullah.
He also discussed the issue of reviewing a number of provisions of the Doha agreement, including the timing of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, according to the same source.
The US envoy also proposed holding a meeting at a higher level between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement, and holding a regional conference on the peace process.
Escalation and strategy
The country is witnessing an escalation of violence in the recent period, in light of the stalled peace talks between the government and the Taliban movement in order to reach a permanent ceasefire agreement and discuss the country’s political future.
It is noteworthy that Washington announced about two weeks ago that it was discussing with Kabul a review of its strategy in Afghanistan, as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed the United States’ review of its strategy in Afghanistan, stressing the need to find a political solution to the problem of this country, expressing concern about the escalation of violence and calling for its end.
Blinken expressed the United States’ determination to support a just and lasting political solution, and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan.