Press TV, Kabul
Once again, almost everyone in Afghanistan is waiting to see the result of the peace talks in the Qatari capital Doha as the negotiating teams of the Afghan government and the Taliban resume the long-delayed intra-Afghan talks.
The negotiating team of the government is comprised of several high-ranking officials including former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah and a number of other prominent political leaders who seem to be optimistic about the result of this round of intra-Afghan talks.
The negotiating team of the government says Kabul expects early headway in the discussions. Negotiators say they seek an outcome that leads the country to lasting peace and stability.
The negotiations come as Taliban militants have stepped up their attacks on cities and villages. They have captured dozens of districts and border areas mainly in northern, southern and western Afghanistan. Against that backdrop, some here believe that, given the damaging impact of endless war and instability on the lives of people, it is vital for both sides to abandon their differences and silence the guns.
This comes as a Taliban’s Spokesman has also welcomed Doha talks saying the militant group is also ready to make compromises during the negotiations to bring peace to Afghanistan.
In the eyes of the Taliban, the Doha summit is a great opportunity for Afghans to decide about the fate of their own country, away from foreign influence.