US to open Direct Peace Talks with Taliban
US and Taliban to start direct peace talks in Doha, Qatar. To initiate the peace talks Taliban has opened its overseas political office in Doha.
The United State of America on 18 June 2013 announced that it will held direct peace talks with Taliban. The announcement from US came after Taliban opened its first political office in Doha, Qatar. The office has been opened to help in ending the 12 years old conflict. To bring the talks in process, US agreed to drop the series of preconditions that have held back the negotiations, previously.
US representatives will meet with the Taliban envoys for the first round of talks in Doha in third week of June 2013. The basic agenda between the two during first round of talks will be peace and reconciliation.
After this the envoys of Taliban will also meet with the High Peace Council set up by President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai to conduct the negotiations. The negotiation between the Afghanistan and Taliban will seek renouncing violence, breaking ties with al-Qaeda and respect the Constitution of Afghanistan as well as the Rights of women and minorities.
The move came on the day that Nato forces handed official control of nationwide security to Afghan troops.
High Peace Council
The Afghanistan High Peace Council is a body of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, appointed by Hamid Karzai to negotiate with elements of the Taliban. Salahuddin Rabbani, son of former President of Afghanistan Burhanuddin Rabbani is the Chairman of the Council