The Taliban have ended talks with the Afghan government over the Exchange of prisoners

The Taliban have ended talks with the Afghan government over the Exchange of prisoners

The Taliban have ended negotiations with the Afghan government in exchange for prisoners scheduled for peace talks with the United States.

According to a Reuters report from a foreign news agency, Sohail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban office in Qatar, issued a statement on the social networking site Twitter, saying that "the technical team will not participate in meaningless meetings and release the prisoners. It is sometimes stopped for some reason '.

An agreement between the Taliban and the United States in late February confirmed that US-led international forces would leave Afghanistan after the Taliban guaranteed security.

The deal was part of an end to the 19-year war.

However, talks between the US-backed Afghan government and the Taliban have become a barrier to peace.

The exchange of prisoners was to build trust for both sides to negotiate.

A government spokesman said they would continue their work on the release of prisoners.

"We urge the Taliban not to sabotage this process by making excuses," said Javed Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council in Kabul.

Suspending Taliban negotiations can increase violence, which in turn can affect US military withdrawal plans, a key target of US President Donald Trump.

Last month, a three-member Taliban team arrived in Qatar from Kabul to discuss prisoner exchanges.

Last week, Afghan authorities said it would release 100 prisoners who were ill and over 50 years old.

In return, he hoped the Taliban would release 20 Afghan security forces personnel.

It should be noted that the Taliban's agreement with the United States had determined that before the Taliban negotiations with the Afghan government, the Afghan government would release 5,000 prisoners of Taliban and in return, the Taliban would release 1,000 prisoners of the Afghan government.

Later, the Afghan government rejected the release of prisoners, but the Taliban delegation arrived in Kabul for the first time in 19 years and negotiated the transfer of prisoners from the Afghan government.

Remember that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Taliban team's arrival in Kabul good news.

Despite the Coronavirus outbreak last month, Mike Pompeo traveled to Kabul and the Qatari capital Doha to advance the prisoners' exchange phase.

Afghan government officials said that the Taliban have been demanding the release of senior commanders involved in violent incidents in recent years.


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