Next round of Afghan-Taliban talks set for end July. KABUL (AFP) -The next round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban is scheduled for late July, officials said on Friday with the venue of the meeting has not yet been confirmed.
Next round of Afghan-Taliban talks set for end July
“The second round of talks … is set for July 30 or 31,” said Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, a member of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC), the highest government peace negotiating body.
He said China was “very likely” the host of the meeting, but another official said HPC had not been confirmed.
“… The talks are set for July 30, but the discussions and consultations are underway between Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on where the meeting host,” said Vice President Abdul Hakim Mujahid HPC.
“Which country will host the meeting has not yet been confirmed,” Mujahid told AFP.
Afghan officials sat down with the Taliban cadres for the first round of this month in Murree, a resort town in the hills north of Islamabad, Pakistan – their first face-to-face talks to end the bloody insurgency.
They agreed to meet again in the coming weeks, drawing praise from Islamabad, Beijing, Washington and the United Nations.
The next round of negotiations to be held after Eid al-Fitr is widely expected, the party last week to mark the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan holy fast.
But despite the willingness to participate in peace talks there has been no lull in militant attacks on government and foreign targets, leaving Afghan forces on multiple fronts stretching and inflicting a blow on civilians.
A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed 15 people, including women and children in a crowded market in the northern province of Faryab, as insurgents intensify their annual summer offensive launched in late April.
And earlier this month 33 people died in a suicide attack on a military base in the eastern province of Khost and a few days later 25 civilians were wounded in an attack on a mosque in the northern province of Baghlan.