Taliban Start Diplomatic Outreach After U.S. Deal on Afghanistan

 

 

Trump said he would be personally meeting leaders of the Taliban in the near future and rejected criticism surrounding the deal signed with the Islamist insurgents

Reuters

Mar 01, 2020

Afghanistan’s Taliban delegation congratulate each other as they arrive for the agreement signing between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020AP Photo/Hussein Sayed

The Taliban’s political chief has met with senior diplomats from countries including Russia, Indonesia and Norway, hours after signing a deal with Washington aimed at ending the Afghan war, the hardline Islamist group said in a statement on Sunday.

Saturday’s accord was signed in the Qatari capital Doha by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on hand to witness the ceremony.

Soon after the agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be personally meeting leaders of the Taliban in the near future and rejected criticism surrounding the deal signed with the Islamist insurgents.

Baradar met foreign ministers from Turkey, Uzbekistan and Norway in Doha along with diplomats from Russia, Indonesia and neighbouring nations, the Taliban said, a move that signalled the group’s determination to secure international legitimacy.

“The dignitaries who met Mullah Baradar expressed their commitments towards Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development… the U.S.-Taliban agreement is historical,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

“Baradar received congratulatory messages and thanked them (ministers and diplomats) for attending the ceremony,” he said.

In the agreement, the United States said it is committed to reducing the number of its troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 — from the current 13,000 — within 135 days of signing the deal, and working with its allies to proportionally reduce the number of coalition forces in Afghanistan over that period, if the Taliban adhere to their security guarantees and ceasefire.
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6 replies

  1. The Taliban knew right from the beginning that they do not really need to ‘win’ the war, they just had to wait until the USA got fed-up. The time has now come.

    • You do not know that Taliban reject Democratic system, Human Right and women’s right—

      Taliban shooted Malala ather head , a young girl 11 years old, because Taliban do not allow women to get a good education like boys—God protected Malala.,she is still alive

      Do you agree that. Taliban may kill ahmadiyyah.

      • I am not defending Taliban, just laughing at the USA actually … trying not to look that they did not win.

      • ‘agreement’ with an ‘organization’ that ‘we do not recognize’ … quite a feat .

  2. For the future of Afghanistan there should have been included in the peace deal that there should be free and fair elections in Afghanistan where the Taliban took part as an independent political party. Seems no one thought of that obviously democratic development.

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