The Taliban says it hopes ongoing negotiations with america would convey a long-demanded formal recognition for the rebel group’s “political workplace” in Qatar, insisting it will assist speed up consultations over the endgame within the Afghan conflict.
The Taliban has been informally working the workplace in Doha, the Qatari capital, since 2013, however the host nation has not allowed it to make use of the power for any public dealings below objections from the Afghan authorities.
U.S. particular consultant for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, and his workforce in current months have held a number of conferences with Taliban envoys largely in Doha. The 2 sides are set to fulfill there once more on Feb. 25 to construct on “vital progress” they made in six days of marathon talks in January.
Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political workplace, in an interview informed VOA that every one their conferences with U.S. interlocutors and different overseas delegations happen in numerous resorts, making it troublesome for his group to well timed share particulars or progress with media.
“We’ve raised this difficulty the U.S. delegation,” he mentioned.
Shaheen famous that the Taliban final week held its first formal “intra-Afghan” dialogue in Moscow with a big group of outstanding opposition leaders from Afghanistan, and a follow-up assembly of these consultations is scheduled for subsequent month in Doha.
“The delegation from Afghanistan, after all, would come to the workplace and we could have a gathering with them and alternate views concerning the present peace course of and the way the Afghan difficulty might be resolved,” he noticed.
No authorities envoys attended the Moscow assembly as a result of the Taliban refuses to speak to Afghan officers, declaring the Kabul administration an unlawful entity or American “puppets.” The inflexible rebel stance has additionally pressured the U.S. to exclude President Ashraf Ghani from the dialogue course of.
Ghani slammed the gathering within the Russian capital as an unauthorized dialogue and an try by his political opponents to realize energy.
On Monday, Afghan Chief Govt Abdullah Abdullah, whereas addressing a weekly assembly of cupboard ministers, blamed “stubbornness of the Taliban” for being the principle and solely purpose behind the conflict. He criticized the rebel group for indulging in “propaganda” as an alternative of becoming a member of “actual talks” with the federal government. He didn’t elaborate.
Abdullah’s remarks got here a day after he provided the Taliban to open an workplace in Afghanistan for conducting talks together with his authorities.
Shaheen dismissed the supply and criticism as an try to “hurt and derail” the present peace course of. “Afghanistan is our personal nation and we do not want permission from anybody to open an workplace there. By making such provides at this stage, they [Ghani government] try to hurt the peace efforts,” Shaheen mentioned.
The Taliban controls or influences almost half of Afghanistan, however its leaders and fighters stay below assault from U.S.-backed Afghan floor and air forces. The rebel group is against ceasing its battlefield assaults till all overseas forces withdraw from the nation.
Khalilzad, whereas delivering a public speak in Washington final week, mentioned that after many conversations, the U.S. has reached “an settlement in precept” with the Taliban on a framework that would supply ensures that no terrorist group or people would be capable of use Afghan soil for assaults in opposition to the U.S. and its allies.
“Equally, now we have agreed in precept on a framework for potential U.S. [troop] withdrawal as a part of a bundle deal,” he famous.
Taliban spokesman Shaheen mentioned that each side additionally agreed to nominate two working teams to flesh out these undertakings and convey them to the desk for the assembly scheduled for this month in Doha. He anticipated additional progress within the upcoming spherical of talks and vowed to once more increase with U.S. delegates the problem of granting formal recognition to the Taliban’s workplace, as a result of his group is decided to hold ahead Afghan peace talks in Doha.
There was no U.S. response out there to the Taliban’s demand.