Doha talks ended fruitlessly, Afghan opponents agree to meet again AsiaNews
According to Al Jazeera, the delegation of the Afghan government and the Taliban stated in a joint statement on Sunday that after two days of fruitless talks in Doha, they will meet again and plan to speed up peace talks.
Negotiators of the opposing parties, who have been in Doha since Saturday, stated that “the two sides are committed to continuing high-level negotiations until a settlement is reached.”
The statement added: “We will work hard to provide humanitarian assistance throughout Afghanistan.”
Al Jazeera’s Osama bin Javad reported in Doha: “The two sides proposed a fiercely competitive draft. They finally agreed to talk to each other and speed up the negotiation process. They agreed to speed up the negotiation.”
Javaid added that the details have not yet been discussed.
The two sides have met intermittently in the capital of Qatar for several months, but they have barely achieved significant success. As the Taliban fighters have made tremendous progress on the battlefield, the discussion seems to have lost momentum.
Senior representatives of the Kabul government, including Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Commission for National Reconciliation, flew in for two-day intensive talks as the U.S. military is about to complete the withdrawal.
Before the talks on the second day, the supreme leader of the Taliban, Haibatullah Ahunzada, stated that although these groups have achieved lightning victories on the ground, “the Islamic emirate strongly supports a political settlement.”
However, the Qatari mediator of the talks said at the end of the two days that the two sides only agreed to “work to prevent civilian casualties,” which is a far cry from the ceasefire agreement reached before.
“The two sides agreed to continue high-level negotiations until a settlement is reached. To this end, they will meet again next week,” said Mutlaq al-Qahtani, the Qatar counter-terrorism envoy who oversaw the Doha talks.
Complex military operations
Taliban leader Ahunzada said his organization is still committed to formulating a solution to end the war, but criticized opponents of the organization for “wasting time.”
The Taliban used the final stage of the withdrawal of American and other foreign troops from Afghanistan to launch a series of lightning offensives across the country.
It is believed that the organization now controls about half of the country’s 400 regions, several important border crossings, and besieged a series of important provincial capitals.
A spokesperson for the Afghan Security Forces stated that pro-government fighters conducted 244 operations, killing 967 “enemy” combatants, including the main commander.
“So far, we have regained 24 areas, and our goal is to retake all territories… We are ready to defend our country,” Ajmal Omar Sinwari told reporters.
The Taliban have long appeared to be united, operating under an effective command system, and carrying out complex military operations, despite rumors of division within its leadership.
But the question remains about the degree of control the Taliban leaders have over local commanders and whether they can persuade them to comply with the potential agreement signed.
Although a few days before Eid al-Fitr, the statement of the Taliban leader apparently did not mention a formal call for a ceasefire.
Over the years, the Taliban announced a series of short truces during Islamic holidays, which initially inspired hopes for greater reduction in violence. However, the organization has been criticized for using a temporary ceasefire to provide supplies and reinforcements to their fighters, allowing them to launch a violent attack on the Afghan security forces after the truce expires.
Rosalind Jordan of Al Jazeera said in a speech in Washington, D.C.: “The understanding of the United States has always been that reaching such a large-scale peace agreement between the Taliban and the civilian-led government of Kabul takes time and is very difficult.. That’s why you Will see all these repeated talks.”
She added that although the U.S. military left Afghanistan earlier this month, the country remains an important foreign policy issue for the United States.
“When it comes to the short-term foreign policy of the United States, it is still very concerned, and Afghanistan is a very important part of it,” she explained, adding that the US delegation has been visiting neighboring countries to discuss ways. They can support Afghanistan’s prospects of prosperity and development and escape from civil war.
After the invasion after the September 11, 2001 attack, a military alliance headed by the United States has been stationed in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
People are increasingly worried that if there is no important coalition air support, the Afghan army will be overwhelmed, which will lead to the complete military takeover of the Taliban or the start of a multilateral civil war in a country that has been flooded with weapons after nearly four years of fighting.