France and Australia have in recent hours expressed their unease at the Afghan government’s decision to move six Taliban prisoners to Qatar as part of an earlier effort to start peace talks between Kabul and the armed group due to begin this Saturday transferred in Doha.
In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry complained in particular about the “release” of Zia Ahmad and Abdullah Gulam Astagir, who were convicted of the murder of a French humanitarian worker working for UNHCR.
“France remembers its firm resistance to the release of people convicted of crimes against French citizens, in particular soldiers and humanitarian workers,” said the Quai d’Orsay, recalling that both President Emmanuel Macron and the Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had transferred this position to her Afghan colleagues.
With regard to the peace negotiations, the French government was ready to support them, but it has made it clear that these “must take into account the interests and rights of the victims of the conflict and terrorism in Afghanistan”. “These are the necessary prerequisites for the permanent stabilization of this country and the security of all,” he stressed.