Afghan chief executive not to attend consultative Jirga on peace

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-14 22:22:27|Editor: zh
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KABUL, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Afghan government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will not attend the consultative Loya Jirga or traditional gathering of chieftains, elders and notables on peace, expected to be convened later this month, said a statement released by his office here Sunday.

The statement said the members of his team had not been consulted on the subject, and it feels there were no convincing reasons to hold consultative Jirga.

Holding such Jirga would not help resolve the country's existing imbroglio, the statement said.

However, Omar Daudzai, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's envoy for peace and head of the proposed consultative Loya Jirga, has confirmed the differences of opinion among politicians, sayings some political figures have different views on the subject and the holding of the peace Jirga.

More than 2,000 delegates from across the country are expected to participate in the four-day consultative Loya Jirga on peace to discuss the ways and means to talk with the Taliban representatives in the possible peace meeting expected to be held in the coming weeks in Qatar capital Doha.

Afghan government, according to media reports, has constituted a 22-member negotiating team to hold talks with the Taliban group.

The armed group has repeatedly rejected to hold talks with Afghan government face-on-face, saying there would be no talks with Kabul administration in the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.