The Taliban have blamed the US and the Afghan government for not living up to the Doha deal signed last year despite months-long negotiations, including the troop withdrawal and release of prisoners. Under last year’s agreement, the Taliban prisoners were to be released three months after the initiation of the intra-Afghan dialogue.
Aljazeera reported that several Afghan elements blame Ashraf Ghani’s government for the delay in release. The comments come after the group resumed negotiations with the Afghan government on Tuesday following a change in American leadership and weeks of delays. Additionally, the Taliban officials also raised concerns over the delay in the US troop withdrawal as the new administration in the White House is reviewing the Doha agreement.
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Although President Biden has backed the solution for the decades-long conflict, experts suggest that he is unlikely to honor the date agreed by former President Trump Last week, the group issued an open letter calling on Washington to pull out its remaining soldiers in the war.
Besides, in recent weeks, the US and NATO have voiced their concerns over the links between Taliban and other hardline groups, including ISIL and al-Qaeda. But under the agreement, the Taliban was supposed to cut ties with these groups to ensure that the Afghan soil is not used for attacks on American interests.
Meanwhile, the group has maintained that they do not have ties with the hardline armed groups and that they were committed to not allow the country’s soil used for attacks. As part of the agreement, the Afghani government has already released 5,000 fighters, while as many as 1,000 Afghan military troops were released as a goodwill gesture to push forward the intra-Afghan negotiations.
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