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Jakarta Post

Indonesia welcomes intra-Afghan peace talks

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 13, 2020   /  04:46 pm
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Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, on Sept. 12, 2020.(REUTERS / Ibraheem al Omari)

Indonesia welcomed an initial step toward peace in Afghanistan after decades of conflict on Saturday, which marked the start of the negotiation process between the Kabul government and the Taliban. The intra-Afghan negotiations follow an agreement between the United States and Taliban in February. The agreement outlined the withdrawal of foreign forces starting May next year in exchange for peace guarantees and Taliban promises to open negotiations with the Afghan government, which the group had previously refused.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Doha on Saturday to attend the opening ceremony as the Kabul government and Taliban insurgents are scheduled to sit face to face in the Qatari capital from Sunday. “The choice of your future political system is, of course, yours to make […],” Pompeo said as quoted by Reuters. “The United States...