Taliban chief negotiator Sheikh Abdul Hakim Haqqani has said that no country should interfere in intra-Afghan negotiations as the Taliban and the government’s team have started formal negotiations to decide a future political system. Haqqani, who leads a 21-member team in negotiations with an Afghan government team, was speaking at the first formal sitting of the two teams in Qatar, the Taliban political spokesman Mohammad Naeem said on Twitter. The two sides met after a series of meetings of the technical committees that are assigned to decide principles and agenda for the negotiations.Nader Nadery, a member of the Afghan government team said there was an agreement on major parts of the rules and procedure during the meeting of both negotiations teams with full members took place on Tuesday. Nadery said on Twitter that it was decided to finalize the remaining part as soon as possible, adding both sides also discussed the schedule and timing of daily meetings. He said two point persons for coordination were introduced from each side and heads of delegations reiterated the need for patience and tolerance as we move forward in this path.Hakim said the Taliban will not allow anyone to use Afghan soil as a base for threatening the peace and security of others or make Afghanistan as a center for their rivalries. “The Islamic Emirate is committed to the agreement with the United States and the United States and its allies should fulfil their commitments regarding the agreement,” the Taliban leader said. “Our fighting is not for power but to end foreign invasion and implement an Islamic system in Afghanistan. We do not allow others to threaten our soil and people’s independence and security,” he said. Meanwhile, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on Wednesday spoke to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban political office, and congratulated the Taliban on the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, the Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said.Søreide reiterated Norway’s support for the peace process and also discussed humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, Naeem said on twitter. Norway is among the list of 12 countries which have offered to host intra-Afghan negotiations.In another development the UN Security Council on Wednesday decided to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year.Unanimously adopting resolution 2543 (2020), the 15-member Council decided to extend the Mission’s mandate until 17 September 2021. Welcoming the start of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha on 12 September, it strongly encouraged the parties to continue pursuing confidence-building measures – including additional reductions in violence – and encouraged them to engage in good faith, a UN statement said.