February 11th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Afghan government to host tribal meeting on peace

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government will host a traditional tribal gathering on peace in April, as President Hamid Karzai pushes his national reconciliation program, a spokesman said.

The meeting, known as a lowya jerga, will include members of parliament, Islamic religious leaders, tribal elders and other influential people, said Wahid Omar, a Karzai spokesman.

The announcement came as Karzai has stepped up his efforts to reconcile with Taliban fighters and reintegrate them with Afghan society. "The Taliban are welcome to return to their own country and work for peace, in order for us to be able then to have the U.S. and other forces have the freedom to go back home," Karzai said late last month in Kabul.

Karzai has said that he plans to set up a National Council for Peace, Reconciliation and Reintegration, which will set up a conference aimed at peace.

 - Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Sounds like a Bomb Magnet to me! I certainly wouldn't want to be in the neighborhood where this absurd meeting is designated to take place at. Does Karzi actually think the Taliban will allow him to continue as the President of Afghanistan after American and Allied troops leave? Karzi must be smoking some of his brothers opium crops, or its just another play by Karzi to get the US Military to pour millions of more American taxpayer dollars into his corrupt and greedy pockets for Karzi's nefarious ends.

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