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Taliban promised to negotiate with Kabul: Delegates

Taliban promised to negotiate with Kabul: Delegates

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Nov 17, 2019 - 18:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon representatives and political analysts after returning from Qatar say they shared demands of Afghans with the Talibaninfo-icon who promised negotiation with the Afghan side after withdrawal of US forces.

Prof. Ismail Yun, Nazar Mohammad Mutmaen, Faiz Zaland, Shafi Azam, Khairullah Shinwari, Waliullah Shahin, Asadullah Wahidi, Mohammad Nabi Ghawsi and Nik Mohammad Nikmal were members of the delegation that recently visited Taliban’s Qatar office.

The delegation traveled to Qatar on November 8 and talked with the Taliban’s Qatar officials for five consecutive days.

Ismail Yun, talking on behalf of the delegation, briefed reporters on Sunday about their trip and meetings with Taliban officials.

He said they talked about foreign forces’ withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations, resumption of negotiations between the Taliban and the US and some other issues.

Yun said they wanted to meet with government officials also and share information of their meetings with the Taliban in order to reduce the distance between the rebel group and the government.

He added they also shared Afghans’ demands with the Taliban and the insurgent group promised to prepare for intra-Afghan talks after signing a peace agreement with foreigners.

In response to a question, he said the Taliban could not meet with people who were directly fighting against them in initial stages.

Nazar Mohammad Mutmaen, another member of the delegation, said that the prisoner swap between the Taliban and the US was delayed due to new conditions from the US side.

He said a Qatari airplane was ready to land in Bagram Airfield for transporting the Taliban prisoners after an agreement between the two sides in Qatar, but the US side suddenly asked for ceasefire and intra-Afghan talks, which the Taliban rejected.

However, US ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon John Bass today said that the prisoners exchange was delayed due to Taliban’s recent attacks in Logar province.

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