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Resistance Front Proposes Transitional Govt To Islamic Emirate

 Resistance Front Proposes Transitional Govt To Islamic Emirate

A member of the negotiating team of the Resistance Front (RF) says they proposed the establishment of a transitional government in Afghanistan in their two-day meeting with officials of the Islamic Emirate hosted by Tehran. The Islamic Emirate delegates visited Iran on Saturday and returned to Kabul on Monday.

The RF member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Islamic Emirate team in return suggested that the Resistance Front leaders should return to Afghanistan—and the meeting ended with no tangible results.

“Our proposal to them was clear and it was to form a transitional government. So, this government (transitional government) would work for the next government and the people would enjoy equal rights and freedom. In return, the Taliban’s proposal was surrender and the negotiations ended with no result,” the team member said.

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who led the Islamic Emirate delegation in Iran, said they had good discussions with the Resistance Front’s team. “You can also come if you have any complaints. We will sit and talk about it,” he said.

Four officials from the Islamic Emirate and five members of the Resistance Front participated in the negotiating teams.

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting Economic Minister Din Mohammad Hanif, acting Industries and Commerce Minister Nooruddin Azizi, acting Deputy Minister for Borders and Tribal Affairs Haji Gul Mohammad represented the Islamic Emirate in the negotiations.

Ismail Khan, a former Jihadi leader, Maulvi Habibullah Hesam, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, a member of the Resistance Front, Hesamuddin Shams, the former governor of Badghis, and Abdul Zahir Faiz Zada, the former governor of Ghor were part of the Resistance Front’s negotiating team. Ismail Khan led this team.

“We support such meetings and any move that can help in the establishment of a broad-based government in Afghanistan,” said Sayed Jawad Hussaini, a political analyst.

In the meantime, former vice-president Mohammad Younus Qanooni in an interview with BBC said politicians are working on forming a council. “As soon as a council is established, it will decide what will be the second and third steps,” he said.

It is not known whether the Islamic Emirate and the Resistance Front pledged to continue such meetings in the future.

(By arrangement with Tolo News)

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