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Talks ‘waste of time’ unless Taliban implements truce: Ahmadzai

Kabul: The peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are a “waste of time” as long as the radical movement fails to implement its commitment to reduce violence and implement a ceasefire, Haji Nazir Ahmadzai, a senior adviser to the Afghan president on the Reconciliation of Political Parties and Tribes, told Sputnik in an interview.

“Until the ceasefire is reached, the talks don’t work, it’s just a waste of time,” Ahmadzai said.

Commenting on why the second round of talks was delayed, the presidential aide said that Kabul’s delegation has been in Doha, Qatar’s capital which hosts the negotiation, “for a long time,” ready to continue the talks.

“But unfortunately the Taliban have been on foreign trips and have delayed talks,” he added.

“You see, the Taliban did not implement to their promise of a ceasefire, the Taliban escalated the violence, blew up the cities, and escalated the fighting, which is unacceptable [both] to the international community and to the Afghan nation,” Ahmadzai said.

According to the official, the Afghan delegation will ask US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, to “call a ceasefire in the peace process.”

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Neighbors should not support Taliban: Afghan govt

Kabul: The Afghan government warned its neighboring and regional countries against supporting Taliban and using them as a proxy in Afghanistan, TOLO News reported.

The response came after a recent report by US intelligence agencies saying that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters to target American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban is accused of having support from other groups and networks, one of the important items of the peace process and the demand of the international community is that the Taliban are no longer used as a proxy group and no country in the region should support the Taliban,” said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The Iranian embassy in Kabul has rejected the US intelligence report, saying Iran doesn’t want its differences with the US to be brought inside Afghanistan.

“The Taliban is also accused of having support from other groups and networks, one of the important items of the peace process and the demand of the international community is that the Taliban are no longer used as a proxy group and no country in the region should support the Taliban,” said Sediqqi.

The Iranian embassy in Kabul has said that the US by leveling such allegations is trying to justify its failure in the peace process with the Taliban.

Earlier, the US intelligence said it had found evidence that a Russian unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to US-led coalition troops in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported.

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Intra-Afghan negotiations to be held in Doha: Sources

Kabul: Sources close to the Taliban have said that based on initial agreements between the militants and the Kabul government, the intra-Afghan negotiations will be held in Doha.

The sources did not mention the time of the negotiations but said it has been agreed to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners from the Afghan government’s custody ahead of the talks, reports TOLO News.

“There is more possibility that the talks will be held in Qatar,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

“I think Americans are firm in their commitment on the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners and 1,000 prisoners (of the Afghan government).”

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Khalilzad ‘optimistic’ about start of intra-Afghan talks

Kabul: The US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said he was “optimistic” about the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government.

At a recent press conference, Khalilzad said: “We’re optimistic that finally we are moving forward to the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations.”

Khalilzad was also hopeful that the violence will stay low in the war-torn country, reports TOLO News.

“I believe we are in a more hopeful moment that validates our approach,” said Khalilzad, citing the Eid ceasefire called for by the Taliban, which was reciprocated by the government.

“By all accounts violence was down dramatically during Eid,” the US envoy said.

He also said that about 2,500 Taliban prisoners have been released since the US and Taliban signed the agreement in February.

On the political crisis in Afghanistan, Khalilzad said: “The political crisis in Afghanistan that produced two presidential inaugurations, now it’s been resolved, and the two leaders are working together on an agenda for peace.”

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