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National Resistance Council seeks participation in meetings on Afghanistan

The Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan has urged the US to invite opposition parties to future meetings held on the situation in Afghanistan, saying that any dialogue should be inclusive and include all concerned parties.

The Council in a recent statement expressed concerns over the meeting taking place between the US and the Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar this week, indicating that the meeting’s agenda is “ambiguous.”

“We believe in dialogues that can offer solutions to the crisis in Afghanistan,” The Statement stated. “However, interactions with the Taliban have not yielded any results so far, and any opportunity should in no way be used for lobbying and facilitating the recognition of the group’s illegitimate rule.”

The US State Department announced on Wednesday that Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, and Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, Rina Amiri, will meet Taliban’s representatives and other officials in Qatar to discuss issues of critical interests on Afghanistan.

The agenda includes “humanitarian support for the people of Afghanistan, economic stabilization, fair and dignified treatment of all Afghans, including women and girls, security issues, and efforts to counter narcotics production and trafficking.” A statement by the US State Department noted.

However, the Council emphasized that any interaction with the Taliban would only embolden them in their “inhumane” efforts, suggesting that the US should “either respect and support the human rights and legitimate demands of the people of Afghanistan or engage with the Taliban at their peril.”

Earlier, Thomas West and Rina Amiri earlier met officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan at the C5+1 summit to discuss joint support for the people of Afghanistan.