Taliban prepared a peace negotiating team consists of 14 members for the new round of peace talks with US envoy held in Doha, Qatar on 25th of February, 2019.
The team leader responsible for representing Taliban delegation is Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai assigned by the deputy head of Taliban’s office in Qatar, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar under supervision of Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the group leader.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai served before as head of Taliban’s office in Qatar.
The fresh round of peace talks is between Taliban’s negotiating team & Zalmay Khalilzad, Representative of US Special for Afghanistan.
The negotiating team of Taliban consists of:
- Ex-Taliban governor for Kunduz, Mawlawi Ziaurrahman Madani.
- Former minister of education, Maelawi Abdul Salam Hanafi.
- Member of Taliban’s Qatar office, Shahabuddin Delawar.
- Ex-minister of agriculture, Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour.
- Brother of Taliban’s founding leader Mullah Omar, Mullah Abdul Manan Omari.
- Ex-minister of information and culture, Mawlawi Amir Khan Mutaqi.
- Former deputy minister of defense, Mullah Mohammad Fazel Mazloom.
- Ex-governor of Herat, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhaw.
- Member of Taliban’s leadership, Mawlawi Mati-ul-Haq.
- Mullah Noorullah Noori.
- Mawlawi Mohammad Nabi Omari.
- Ex deputy head of Taliban’s intelligence, Mullah Abdul Haq.
- Brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, Mohammad Anas Haqqani
“It seems that the issue of withdrawal of foreign forces and the issue that threats will not be posed against other countries will dominate key topics at the meeting”, Wahid Muzhdah.
“Main agenda pursued by Mr. (Zalmay) Khalilzad is how to create the platform for an intra-Afghan dialogue so that the delegation of the Afghan government and the Taliban enter into talks”, Omid Maisam,Chief Executive deputy spokesman of Abdullah Abdullah.
Referring that, holding peace talks in Doha, Qatar was Taliban’s request after refusing the offer of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to having a secure official address in Afghanistan forany diplomatic aid between warring Parties.
“Our demand about having an official political office is clear, we want that our office in Doha is recognized by the international community and the United Nations,” Sohail Shahin, Taliban’s spokesperson statement to Reuturs.