Senior officials Taliban arrive to the signing of a US-Taliban agreement in Doha. File/AFP
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A chief negotiator of the Afghan government, Masoom Stanekzai, has said that the issue of targeted killings, one of the serious issues that we need to raise and follow, will be discussed when the next phase of the peace talks with the Taliban resumes on January 5.
A fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begins in Qatar on Tuesday.
Stanekzai’s remarks come as six journalists have been killed in various incidents of targeted attacks across Afghanistan in the last two months.
On Friday, unidentified armed men in the city of Feroz Koh killed Bismillah Adil Aimaq, a journalist and civil society activist in Ghor province, in an attack.
A string of assassinations has sowed fear and chaos across Afghanistan, but both parties made something of a breakthrough last year when they finally agreed at least on what to discuss in the next round.
Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media. File/AP
Afghan government negotiators will push for a permanent ceasefire and to protect the existing system of governance, in place since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001 by a US-led invasion in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
"The talks are going to be very complicated and time-consuming," Ghulam Farooq Majroh, a government negotiator, told AFP.
"But we are hopeful to arrive at a result as soon as possible as people are tired of this bloody war."
The Taliban did not offer any comment.
The first direct talks between the warring sides opened in September after months of delays, but quickly became bogged down by disputes on the basic framework of discussions and religious interpretations.
A concerted diplomatic effort from Washington finally led to a consensus.The negotiations follow a landmark troop withdrawal deal signed in February by the Taliban and Washington, which saw the US pledge to pull out all foreign forces from Afghanistan by May 2021.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai also defended the Taliban's role in recent bloodshed across the country after US President Donald Trump cited an attack that killed an American soldier as his reason for calling off negotiations earlier this month.
The operations, launched on Saturday night, were aimed at foiling attacks planned by the Taliban on Afghan forces, said a senior security official in capital Kabul.
The report describes severe curtailing of human rights by Afghanistan's new fundamentalist rulers. In addition to the political killings, women's rights and the right to protest have also been curbed.
Some 104,000 people, including technical and security staff, have access this year to the "blue zone" dedicated to the actual climate negotiations and the pavilions of the states and organisations present.
This came during the COP28 Conference of the Parties, which was hosted by the UAE in Expo City Dubai, and its activities began on Thursday and will continue until December 12.
"India is committed to UN Framework for Climate Change and that is why I propose from this stage that COP33 Summit in 2028 be hosted in India," Modi said during his speech at the COP28 summit in Dubai.