Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Peace process

Speech by Mullah Baradar at the opening of the Afghan peace negotiations in Doha

2 min

Doha, 12 September 2020

Speech by Deputy of Islamic Emirate and Chief of Political Office H.E. Mullah Baradar Akhund at opening ceremony of intra-Afghan negotiations

الحمدلله وکفی والصلوة والسلام علیه رسوله المجتبی امابعد:فاعوذ بالله من الشیطن الرجیم، بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم (و اعتصموا بحمبل الله جمعیا ولا تفرقو) الاية  و ایضا قال الله تعالی: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا ﴿٥٩﴾

First and foremost, to the participants of this great gathering!

May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you all.

I am pleased to be partaking in the inaugural ceremony of intra-Afghan negotiations aimed at ending the forty-year Afghan conflict and establishing an Islamic government following the signing of the historic agreement between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States of America.  

The ongoing peace process can only attain success with the complete implementation of the Doha agreement.

The Islamic Emirate has implemented and will continue to honor its commitments outlined in the Doha agreement.

Therefore, we strongly urge the other side to also implement their part of the agreement so that the peace process may proceed in a proper manner without running into complications or delays.

I urge both teams present in this gathering to give precedence to the higher interests of our sacred religion of Islam and homeland during their deliberations and decisions and not sacrifice this objective for their personal or group interests.

The negotiation process will most certainly hit snags but we ask for patience and tolerance during discussions and to deal with all topics in good-faith.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reassures its oppressed nation that we shall proceed with sincerity in these intra-Afghan negotiations in order to afford our Muslim nation an opportunity to live a peaceful, tranquil and prosperous life.

Moreover, we assure the world that we will strive to our utmost ability in order for the intra-Afghan negotiations to attain a successful outcome.

We seek an Afghanistan that is independent, sovereign, united, developed and free – an Afghanistan with an Islamic system in which all people of the nation can participate without discrimination and live harmoniously with each other in an atmosphere of brotherhood.

We seek a future Afghanistan that has positive, respectful and good relations with all its neighboring, regional and world countries.

To end, I wholeheartedly thank the honorable Amir, foreign minister, government and people of the host country Qatar along with all the other countries that have and to continue to comprehensively supported us in our pursuit of peace.

Peace, mercy and blessings be upon you all.

Political Deputy and Chief of Political Office of the Islamic Emirate

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

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22/06/1399 Hijri Solar

12/09/2020 Gregorian

Source: Voice of Jihad website of the IEA

Here the speech in Dari and here in Pashto.