With no plans for peace talks on the horizon, Haji Muhammad Mohaqeq, the Second Deputy of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, has expressed doubts that any progress has been made in the peace process after meeting with Taliban representatives in Norway last week.
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Upon the conclusion of the meeting in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, which was the source of considerable hope when it was first announced, Mohaqeq said the views expressed by the Taliban representatives were unchanged from the past. Although a Taliban office was established in Doha in 2013, after strong objections from former president Hamid Karzai over the office’s brandishing of the “Islamic Emirates” name, it quickly closed.
According to Taliban spokesmen, during Said Taib Agha’s trip to Norway last week, demands were made for the reopening of the office.
In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shapor Bakhtiyar discusses the topic with the following guests,
• Jawed Faisal, Abdullah’s deputy spokesman
• Akbar Stanekzai, MP
• Muhibullah Sharif, freelance journalist
• Qazi Muhammad Ismail, civil society activist