Taliban Cancels Peace Talks with U.S. over Potential Involvement of Afghanistan

Breitbart | 1/8/2019 | Staff
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The Taliban on Tuesday called off scheduled peace negotiations with American officials in Qatar this week over “agenda differences,” particularly the involvement of officials from the Afghan government, a truce requested by U.S.-backed Kabul, and a prisoner exchange the Taliban demanded.

Afghan Taliban sources told Reuters that they had planned on a new round of peace talks with the U.S. to begin Wednesday. The Taliban jihadis stressed that they would not allow “puppet” Afghan officials to participate.

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“The U.S. officials insisted that the Taliban should meet the Afghan authorities in Qatar and both sides were in disagreement over declaring a ceasefire in 2019,” an anonymous Taliban source told Reuters, adding, “Both sides have agreed to not meet in Qatar.”

The Taliban terrorist organization considers itself the only legitimate government of Afghanistan, though no other nation grants it such recognition.

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On Sunday, Reuters learned from its Taliban sources that the group requested to change the venue of the planned talks with the United States from Saudi Arabia to Qatar over Riyadh’s push to include the Afghan government in the negotiations.

Citing an unnamed high-ranking Taliban insurgent, Reuters noted Monday, “The talks, which would have been the fourth round with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, would have involved a U.S. withdrawal, prisoner exchange and the lifting of a ban on movement of Taliban leaders.”

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Reuters learned from its Taliban sources that the United States refused the terrorist group’s demand that American authorities liberate 25,000 prisoners in exchange for 3,000 hostages allegedly held by the jihadi organization.

“We would never announce any ceasefire until and unless we achieve major gains on the ground. We have the feeling that Zalmay Khalilzad doesn’t have enough power to make important decisions,” an unnamed Taliban jihadi told Reuters.

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