Negotiations with Taliban Will Not Lead to Durable Peace: Mohib

Amid new developments in the peace efforts, Afghanistan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib said negotiations with the Taliban will lead to a temporary peace, and he reiterated that achieving real peace requires addressing the regional and international dimensions of Afghanistan’s issue.

He said the ongoing war in the country has foreign dimensions and that there is a need to address regional and international dimensions to achieve real peace and prevent post-peace deal threats.

“The ongoing war is not an internal war, but it has foreign dimensions–that’s why only negotiations with the Taliban will not lead to a durable peace,” Mohib said at a weekly briefing. “We should assess post-peace threats and their impacts on the people of Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, Afghan tribal elders and others from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a gathering in Kabul called on the Taliban to immediately reduce violence in the country.

“What do you want? Your country is a Muslim nation, isn’t it? Sit with your leaders and talk about your conditions,” said Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, a member of the National Awami Party.

“We will still make efforts for security, we will still want peace and stability,” said Abdul Majeed Kakar, member of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement in Baluchistan.

The borders and tribal affairs minister, Mohibullah Samim, at the event emphasized the importance of joint efforts to address Afghanistan’s issues.

“Those who kill us and conduct car bombings or suicide bombings, they don’t have factories and it is evident where it is made,” the minister said.

“We need a real peace and there is a need for joint efforts in the region,” the deputy head of the reconciliation council, Haji Din Mohammad said.

Some Republic negotiators meanwhile addressed an online briefing with Herat youth and stressed the need to preserve the achievements of the last two decades but said that serious talks have not taken place over the last few days.