Afghanistan peace talks open in Qatar, demands end of decades of war

The army’s withdrawal began on the Taliban’s promise that they would negotiate with the Afghan government and not allow terrorist groups to use Afghan territory as a haven and scaffold for international attacks. But in subsequent months, some international observers have questioned the Taliban’s commitment to that pledge to leave its allies in al Qaeda and other such groups.

The government-side’s 20-man team consists of only three women – not five, as previously believed – how Afghan women have struggled for equality since the Taliban’s ouster from power, despite various promises that are often hollow Proved to be.

Their careers reflect the difficult struggles faced by women in patriarchal culture in Afghanistan – the benefits they must now have to convince the Taliban to accept them into the system of the future. One representative, Habiba Sarabi, was the first female governor of an Afghan province. Another, a single mother, Fazia Kofi, fought for the deputy speakership of Afghanistan’s parliament; The third, Sharifa Zurmati, was a journalist before entering politics and entering Parliament.

The Taliban team consists of some delegates who negotiated a settlement with the United States. But they have come in a new chief negotiator: Mawlavi Abdul Hakim Haqqani, an influential religious scholar who has led the Taliban’s network of Islamic courts in recent years.

Guests arrived in Doha for the inauguration ceremony on Friday, September 11 – 19 years after the terrorist attacks on the United States that led to the invasion of Afghanistan, a stark reminder that most Americans expect a safe. Stable Afghan democracy remains unaffected, and perhaps destabilized soon.

Nevertheless, Mr. Khalilzad – who was an advisor to the US government during the Cold War as the United States was providing funds to push Soviet troops out of Afghanistan – said the country still had some sort of balance to reach. Was the opportunity.

“The Afghan tragedy is not being able to come to an agreement on a formula and then stick to it,” Mr. Khalilzad said. “After the Soviet departure there was a great victory, it was a great victory for the Afghans. The rest of the world benefited greatly from this: we became the only superpower, Eastern Europe was liberated, Central Asia became independent. But Afghanistan continued this disintegration. Afghans – They won, but they lost.