JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia hoped for a successful peace process in Afghanistan after its top diplomat met with the Taliban leaders on August 26 in Doha, Qatar.
Recently, the Afghan government and the Taliban leaders attended their first direct peace talks after the Taliban have seized power in the conflict-riddled nation.
“Indonesia’s primary desire is to see a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said during a meeting with House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees security and foreign affairs, on Thursday, September 2.
Retno said Indonesia also stressed the importance of creating an inclusive government in Afghanistan and protecting the country from terrorist group activities.
“It is also important to respect women’s rights,” she said.
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She went on to say that Indonesia has no vested interest in Afghanistan. The meeting with the Taliban leaders touched on the issues on the current situation in Afghanistan and future projections.
“We need to convey that the purpose of the brief visit to Doha, which was less than 24 hours, aims to compare notes on the current situation in Afghanistan and projections for the better future,” the minister said.
She also said that the Taliban leaders are committed to forming an inclusive government. Prior to that, the Taliban leaders have appointed several people to fill some vacant posts in the government.
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