Afghan Presidency: A ceasefire is our condition for the resumption of peace talks with the Taliban

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The Afghan presidential spokesman, Siddiq Siddiqui, has demanded the Taliban cease-fire to resume stalled peace talks.

My friend revealed on social media, Monday, that the Afghan government not only demanded the Taliban reduce the level of violence, but the ceasefire in the full sense.

The spokesman stressed that the ceasefire is a condition for the Afghan government to resume peace talks with the Taliban.

He added that reducing the level of violence is meaningless in political and legal terms.

He explained that the Afghan government believes that peace means an end to the war, and that every incident of violence is a war.

US President Donald Trump had halted peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban that lasted from December 2018, after a Taliban bombing attack on US soldiers in Afghanistan on September 5.

After the talks were suspended, the Taliban sought a solution in order to continue the peace talks. They sent a delegation to the Russian capital, Moscow.

The Taliban pose a major threat to the Afghan government led by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and imposes control over large parts of the country.

Although the government has repeatedly tried to start peace talks with the Taliban in recent years and established a peace council in this context, no results have yet been achieved.

During the era of former President Hamid Karzai, talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban were to be held in the Qatari capital, Doha, in June 2013, but they withdrew from the negotiations, after the Taliban placed their own flag and the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” sign in its office in Qatar.

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