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‘Sooner or Later’ Taliban Will Talk with Afghan Government

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(Last Updated On: January 28, 2019)

The U.S. and the Taliban officials have wrapped up their meeting in Qatar after six consecutive days as part of the efforts to reach into a potential deal to end the 17 years of deadly war in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad who led the U.S. delegation in Qatar talks said that the meeting with the Taliban representatives was more “productive” than it has been in the past.

He said he was heading to Kabul for “consultations” in this regard.

“Will build on the momentum and resume talks shortly,” Khalilzad said in a series of Twitter posts.  “We have a number of issues left to work out. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and “everything” must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive ceasefire.”

In each round of peace talks, the Taliban have so far refused to sit down in negotiating table with the Afghan government.

The Taliban a statement on Sunday confirmed that Qatar talks saw progress, but

they warned that “until the issue of withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan is agreed upon, progress in other issues is impossible.”

However, a source close to the Taliban told Ariana News that the direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will not happen in the near future, adding that it will not be “impossible” that the two sides don’t meet.

 “Sooner or later, the talks will take place,” the source noted.

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Taliban welcomes gov’t’s decision of releasing 2,000 prisoners

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2020)

Taliban welcomed the announcement of the government based on releasing 2,000 prisoners of the group emphasizing the release of all 5,000 prisoners.

In a tweet, the Taliban Political Office Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said, “Release of 2,000 prisoners by the other side is a good step,” adding “The stipulation in Doha Agreement for release of 5,000 prisoners was to create a conducive atmosphere of confidence.”

“The process should be completed to remove hurdles in the way of commencement of intra-Afghan negotiations and to pave the way for further progress which is to follow,” he added.

Shaheen also expressed the Taliban’s commitment in the matter, writing that they are “committed to release of prisoners on its own part.

This comes as President Ghani initiated a process to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture in response to the Taliban’s announcement of a three-day ceasefire over Eid-ul-Fitr, urging the Taliban to release the prisoners under their custody.

The United States has also appreciated the announcement by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The president wrote on his twitter that he had received a phone call from the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the occasion, noting, “He thanked the Afghan government for initiating the brave process of releasing up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners. He asserted that the US will push for a long-term ceasefire/RiV and start of direct negotiations.”

It is noteworthy that since the US-Taliban Doha Agreement, the Afghan government has released 1,500 Taliban prisoners; where the Taliban too, has released up to 200 prisoners of the government.

The process froze when the Taliban increased the level of violence against the Afghan forces; it, however, now seems that the latest efforts of the US special representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, have been fruitful to resume the process.

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Around 2,000 Taliban prisoners to be released

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2020)

President Ghani initiated a process to release up to 2000 Taliban prisoners as a good will gesture in response to the Taliban’s announcement of a three-day ceasefire, said Sediq Sediqqi. President Ghani urged the Taliban to release the Afghan forces in their custody.

Ghani urged the Taliban not to damage people saying that “killing each Afghan will be irreparable.”

According to Ghani, the Afghan government is ready to start direct Talks. He said that the negotiating team to represent all people of Afghanistan is ready.

Ghani believes that the real winner of the peace talks is the people of Afghanistan, therefore he urged the Taliban to stop violence and damaging civilians.

Post US-Taliban peace deal, the Afghan government released up to 1,500 prisoners of the Taliban, in response the Taliban also released up to 200 prisoners of the government.

The government had stopped the process due to the increase in violence level.

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International community’s reaction on ‘ceasefire’ between Afghan gov’t, Taliban

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(Last Updated On: May 24, 2020)

The three-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr was welcomed by some of the international organizations and countries such as NATO, European Union, United States, and many more.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US especial envoy on Afghanistan reconciliation urged both the laterals to take further steps to bring peace.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General said that both the laterals should use the opportunity to bring peace in Afghanistan.

The European Union in Afghanistan also welcomed the ceasefire and stated that the laterals should use the opportunity to put an end to the violence.

The US Chargé d’Affaires in Afghanistan, Ross Wilson also said that the opportunity should be seized to advance the peace process.

The Afghan government and the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire for three days on occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

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