Avoid infeasible demands: Govt. tells Taliban

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KABUL: The State Ministry for Peace Affairs called on the neighboring countries to pressurize the Taliban insurgent group to avoid unfeasible demands.


On Sunday, Abdullah Khanjani, the deputy state minister for peace, stated that “Without any doubt, the Afghan government and the people want a permanent ceasefire and peace.”


He underlined that the regional and neighboring countries should press the Taliban to move beyond impracticable demands. However, he did not go into further details.


Meanwhile, Khanjani expressed that Doha’s peace negotiating sides had reached the second round to discuss the agenda to pave the way for real talks.


He urged for a political and national consensus for peace through the High Council for National Reconciliation Council, deeming the leadership committee meeting as an essential step towards peace. “Any country that supported the Afghan people’s aspirations should support the government in peace issues.”


“We call on neighboring countries to step up their efforts, especially to bring peace to Afghanistan and reduce violence. The peace process is a long-term process that requires time,” Khanjani added.


This comes as Mohammad Naeem, the spokesman for Taliban’s political office, tweeted on Friday the agenda would be firmed up based on the recent reconciliation of differences between the two parties.


Meanwhile, the US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson recently revealed the Taliban demand the release of around 7,000 of their convicts by mid-December, as part of the US-Taliban agreement signed in February. 


In a meeting with the Taliban representatives on Saturday, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad similarly conversed on the insurgent group prisoners’ release and the removal of the group’s leaders and members’ names from the blacklist.