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Intra-Afghan talks: Kalla ready to help break impasse

24 Feb 2021 - 13:40
24 Feb 2021 - 13:40

KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Indonesian vice-president says he has paid multiple visits to Afghanistan and Qatar in recent months to help broker a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Jusuf Kalla said in an interview that he met the warring sides in Afghanistan in a personal capacity to brief them on ways of negotiating peace effectively.

Speaking to NIKKEI Asia, Kalla said one way of helping end the conflict was offering suggestions to the warring sides to enable them to reach reconciliation.

The scholar played an essential in the 2005 Helsinki agreement signed by the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement after a decades-long conflict in Aceh province.

About the intra-Afghan dialogue that began in September in Doha, Kalla said: “By negotiating, they already want to achieve peace.”

The Indonesian Red Cross chairman, he would not elaborate on the message he conveyed to the Afghan government and the Taliban.

He would keep monitoring the talks between the two sides and would visit again Afghanistan and Qatar, if needed, Kalla promised.

PAN Monitor/mud

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