Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a video conference on Monday with the Taliban’s “number two” and the head of his political office in Doha, Mullah Baradar, which expressed the insurgent group’s commitment to dialogue for peace with the Afghan government .
This was announced on Tuesday by the Taliban spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shahin, who said that both parties had mentioned the fulfillment of the historic peace agreement concluded in Qatar on February 29 between the group that founded Mullah Omar and the United States . .
Baradar told Pompeo that the Taliban were “obliged” to conduct an intra-Afghan dialogue, but “delays in the release of prisoners delayed the talks,” the spokesman said on his Twitter account.
The agreement between the Taliban and the United States provided for the release of 5,000 insurgent prisoners before the dialogue with Kabul began. However, President Ashraf Ghani initially approved the release of 1,500 and later announced the release of another 2,000. For their part, the insurgents released hundreds of Afghan troops into their possession.