US in talks with Qatar to extend restrictive conditions on 5 Taliban
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US is in talks with Qatari Government on extending restrictive conditions on the five Taliban leaders who were released from Guantanamo last year. They have been living in Doha since then.
“There are conversations between the United States and Qatar ongoing about a longer-term resolution of the status of these individuals,” the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters at his daily news conference.
He was responding to questions on a statement by the Taliban that the five of its members who were released from Guantanamo Bay last year and are currently in Doha are free to go. “. The United States is obviously very interested in making sure that steps are taken to mitigate the risk to the United States that's posed by these individuals,” Earnest said.
The agreement that the United States has is not with the Taliban, it's with Qatar. “It is the government of Qatar that, at the request of the United States, has put some restrictive conditions on the individuals that were transferred from the prison at Guantanamo Bay,” he noted.
Refraining from talking publicly about these restrictive conditions, Earnest said the goal of these talks with the Qatari government is to making sure that there are measure in place to protect the American people and the United States and its interests.
“What exact form those restrictions take is something that we'll discuss with the Qataris, but probably not be able to discuss publicly, even after an agreement's reached,” Earnest said.
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