Addressing a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, first deputy to the CEO Mohammad Khan said government was very close to signing a draft peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami group.
He said the draft agreement, which is in three sections and 26 articles, could be signed soon between the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) and Hizb-e-Islami.
Khan said this could have a positive effect on the situation in Afghanistan as it could lead to more accords being signed with other insurgent groups.
He also said the possible signing of the draft agreement would have a beneficial impact on the battlefield.
In answer to a question, he said he did not know Hekmatyar’s whereabouts however.
In line with conditions set by the group, Khan said Hizb-e-Islami had not asked for any special privileges.
However, key among their requests was the removal of their name from the blacklist, the freeing of political prisoners and the return of Hizb-e-Islami refugees.
Khan also said that in the draft agreement the Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami were in agreement over the withdrawal of foreign troops in accordance with agreements already in place.
This he said was a change in stance on the part of Hizb-e-Islami who in the past had called for the outright withdrawal of foreign troops.
Khan said no commitment has however been made in relation to Hizb-e-Islami prisoners as this issue would have to be dealt with in accordance with the country’s constitution.