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Taliban, Afghan representatives agree on ‘roadmap to peace’

09 July 2019
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Representatives of the Taliban militant group and influential members of Afghan society agreed on an eight-point "roadmap for peace" during an intra-Afghan peace conference held on 7-8 July in the Qatari capital of Doha.

According to a joint resolution posted on Twitter by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, the two sides called for an end to civilian casualties in the almost 18-year-old conflict, an assurance of women's rights "in political, social, economic, educational, cultural affairs as per [and] within the Islamic framework of Islamic values", and "respect" for educational institutions and residential areas.

The participants of the two-day conference, which was organised by Germany and Qatar, also called for ensuring the security of public institutions and infrastructure such as schools, madrassas, hospitals and dams, and for an unconditional release of older, disabled, and sick inmates.

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