A prime Afghan official appointed to steer Kabul’s delegation within the much-awaited peace talks with the Taliban has stated his crew is able to begin discussions with the armed group “at any moment”.
Abdullah Abdullah, head of the Excessive Council for Nationwide Reconciliation, stated on Saturday an ongoing lull in violence triggered by a shock three-day truce supplied by the Taliban on the Eid al-Fitr Muslim vacation had set the tone for launching the peace talks.
“The announcement of the ceasefire, a reduction in violence and the exchange of prisoners have all paved the way for a good beginning,” Abdullah stated at his first press convention since taking up the position.
“The negotiating team is ready to begin the talks at any moment,” he stated, including, nevertheless, that there should be a contemporary ceasefire through the talks.
The federal government in Kabul had welcomed the ceasefire and ordered its forces to adjust to it. It additionally accelerated the discharge of lots of of Taliban prisoners.
Officers have blamed the Taliban for finishing up some lethal assaults towards safety forces because the ceasefire ended on Tuesday, but in addition acknowledged that the non permanent truce has led to an total fall in violence throughout a lot of the nation.
A US-Taliban settlement signed in February in Qatar’s capital, Doha, stipulated that the Afghan authorities would launch as much as 5,000 Taliban prisoners whereas the Taliban would free about 1,000 Afghan safety forces personnel.
The prisoner swap was talked about within the settlement as a “confidence-building measure” earlier than long-awaited peace talks between the federal government and Taliban.
Earlier than Sunday’s announcement, Kabul had already launched about 1,000 Taliban inmates whereas the Taliban had freed roughly 300 members of the Afghan safety forces, in response to stories.
The Taliban stated it was dedicated to liberating prisoners, however reminded Kabul that the settlement was to “release 5,000” of their members as agreed with the US in Doha.
Abdullah was appointed to steer the peace talks after he ended his bitter political feud with President Ashraf Ghani earlier this month.
Abdullah had introduced himself as a rival president after he rejected the results of the September election which was received by incumbent Ghani.
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