Afghanistan says the Taliban have signed a ceasefire in exchange for the release of prisoners and the lifting of sanctions

The Afghan authorities assured this Thursday that the Taliban have proposed a three-month ceasefire to Kabul in exchange for the release of 7,000 prisoners and the withdrawal of their leaders from the United Nations sanctions list, without the insurgents first speaking.

Nader Naderi, a member of the government negotiating team in the peace talks with the group in Qatar, argued at a ceremony in Kabul that the Taliban’s demand is “great” and stressed that the release of 5,000 prisoners should the contacts begin “did not help the situation and even increased the violence”.

These releases came after months of tension between the government and the Taliban, who claimed they were part of the February 2020 peace agreement with the United States, in which the Afghan government did not participate.

Afghanistan says the Taliban have signed a ceasefire in exchange for the release of prisoners and the lifting of sanctions
Afghanistan says the Taliban have signed a ceasefire in exchange for the release of prisoners and the lifting of sanctions

Likewise, Mohamad Mohaqiq, adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, has announced that a delegation will shortly be traveling to Doha to hold talks with the Taliban before adding that Pakistan will soon host an event on the situation in the country.

“As a citizen, not as a political leader, I would say that peace cannot be achieved by force,” Mohaqiq told Afghan television station Tolo TV. It has influenced the fact that, in view of the latest advances by the Taliban in the Central Asian country, “nobody will win by military means”.

Ghani himself embarked on a two-day trip to Uzbekistan on Thursday to attend a regional economic summit that will be attended by delegations from India and Pakistan and will also address security issues.

The United Nations on Wednesday admitted “growing concern” about the resurgence of fighting, adding that it “is doing everything in its power to ensure talks continue and an agreement can be reached, as only through one.” Negotiated solution (…) The conflict. “

“Our focus remains on peace efforts and we have repeated that a military escalation is not the way to lasting peace in Afghanistan,” said Florencia Soto Niño, a spokeswoman for UN Secretary General António Guterres. “The Afghan people deserve peace through a political process and dialogue,” he said.

Soto Niño’s words came hours after the Taliban claimed control of an important post on the border with Pakistan, particularly that between the cities of Spin Boldak and Chaman in Afghanistan and Pakistan, respectively.

Afghanistan has plunged into an escalation of violence in recent months, with the Taliban making important territorial strides amid the international troop withdrawal process that has raised concerns in the international community about the apparent inability of the security forces to deal with the insurgents to become.

In that regard, the Taliban assured on Friday that they control 85 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, hours after taking two key border crossings with Iran and Turkmenistan in the northwest of the country, despite authorities claiming it was a hype part of their propaganda campaign .

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