Taliban return to Doha setting stage for Afghan peace talks

Islamabad, September 5

Taliban officers say a senior delegation returned early Saturday to Qatar, paving the way in which for the beginning of peace talks with the Afghan authorities which can be anticipated to happen within the tiny Gulf state.

The officers spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t authorised to talk to the media.

The negotiations are the second, essential half to a peace deal the US signed with the Taliban in February in Doha.

Washington has ramped up strain on Afghans on each side of the battle to get began with their negotiations to determine what a post-war Afghanistan may appear like, how rights of girls and minorities can be protected, and the way the tens of hundreds of armed Taliban and government-allied militias are disarmed and re-integrated.

The US Security Adviser Robert O’Brien had a protracted name with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani final week. American officers have additionally pressed neighbouring Pakistan to get the Taliban to the desk.

Relentless delays over the trade of prisoners —5,000 held by the Afghan authorities and 1,000 by the Taliban — have hindered efforts to get intra-Afghan talks began.

In late August, a delegation led by the Taliban’s political workplace head and the chief negotiator of the February take care of the United States, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar got here to Pakistan.

While little was revealed concerning the particulars of his conferences with Pakistani officers, it’s believed he was pressed to get began with intra-Afghan talks.

With lots of the Taliban management council dwelling in Pakistan, Islamabad has been pressed by Washington to make use of its affect to push negotiations ahead.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly mentioned he desires peace talks began and {that a} navy answer for Afghanistan is an impossibility.

Pakistani officers reportedly met a second time with Baradar on Friday earlier than his return to Doha once more urgent for a swift begin to Afghan peace talks, it’s believed.

US and Afghan officers have each mentioned they wish to see a discount in violence within the battle going into talks with the Taliban, however the militant group maintains {that a} cease-fire would solely be on the agenda as soon as talks start.

Washington’s February settlement with the Taliban was reached to permit the exit of American troops after practically 20 years at battle consistent with a promise President Donald Trump made through the 2016 US election marketing campaign.

The withdrawal, which has already begun, is just not depending on the success of the Afghan negotiations however somewhat on commitments made by the Taliban to struggle terrorist teams and guarantee Afghanistan can’t be used to assault America or its allies. — AP

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