The Afghan government on Thursday accused the Taliban of postponing the start of peace talks after insurgents assured that Kabul had failed to complete the prisoner release process they set as a prerequisite for establishing contacts.
“All obstacles have been removed and it is now up to the Taliban to understand that it is their responsibility and to get to the peace negotiations as soon as possible if they are honest with their words,” said Afghan second vice president Saruar Danish.
Likewise, Afghan Presidency spokesman Sediq Sediqqi has stated that “the Taliban are wasting time” and claims that the fact that they have reshuffled their negotiating team in recent days “shows they are not ready for talks yet” . .
The Taliban appointed Maulavi Abdul Hakim as the new head of their delegation on the Sunday before peace talks with the Afghan government began. Sources close to the Taliban said the new leader would have full negotiating powers. Abdul Hakim was a close advisor to former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur.