Taliban leaders “in favor of a political settlement” of the conflict in Afghanistan | Taliban News
The announcement was made on the occasion of the organization’s military progress and the resumption of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha.
The supreme leader of the Taliban, Haibatullah Ahunzada, said that although the organization has launched a nationwide offensive, he “strongly supports” a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
The announcement on Sunday came as representatives of the Afghan government and armed Taliban sat down in Doha over the weekend for a new round of talks, which aroused hopes that the long-stale peace talks are recovering.
“Despite military progress and progress, the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] Strongly support the country’s political solution,” Akhunzada said in a message released next week before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
He added: “The Islamic Emirate will use every opportunity to establish an Islamic system, peace and security.”
The two sides have been meeting intermittently in the capital of Qatar for several months, but they have barely achieved significant success. With the Taliban making significant progress on the battlefield, especially cooperation with foreign troops, the discussion seems to have lost momentum. Complete their exit From Afghanistan.
Both sides Start negotiations in Doha again on Saturday.
The Taliban leader stated that his organization is still committed to formulating a solution to end the war, but criticized the “opposition party” for “wasting time”.
He added: “Our message is still, don’t rely on foreigners, let us solve the problem ourselves and save our home from the current crisis.”
Al Jazeera’s Osama bin Jawad said that Ahhunzada discussed the issues raised by the Afghan people and the international community in the “crafted” Eid al-Fitr message. At the meeting he talked about women and ethnic minorities. The rights of the country, the role of security forces, and relations between Afghanistan are controlled by the Taliban and its neighbors.
“On the first day of the talks, the atmosphere was described as pleasant and everything was under discussion,” Binjawad said outside the Doha talks.
“The Afghan people have high hopes for these talks. The biggest question is what they will make concessions.”
Bin Javad said that both sides insisted on letting the other over, but it remains to be seen whether the latest round of talks in Doha will produce any concrete results.
Taliban militants used the final stage of the withdrawal of American and other foreign troops from Afghanistan to launch a series of lightning offensives in large areas of 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.
For a long time, the Taliban seemed to be united, operating under an effective command system, and carrying out complex military operations, despite rumors of division between the leadership of the organization.
Questions remain about the attitude of Taliban leaders toward local commanders and whether they can persuade them to comply with the potential agreement signed.
The leader’s statement specifically did not mention a formal ceasefire call for the Eid holiday.
Over the years, the Taliban announced a series of brief truces during religious holidays, which initially inspired hopes for greater efforts to reduce violence in the country.
However, the organization has recently been criticized for using a temporary ceasefire to resupply and replenish combatants, allowing them to launch fierce attacks on Afghan security forces after the truce expires.
After the invasion after the September 11, 2001 attacks, a military alliance headed by the United States has been stationed in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years.
There is growing concern that the Afghan army will be overwhelmed without the vital air support they provide, leading to the complete military takeover of the Taliban or the start of a multilateral civil war in a country that has been flooded with large weapons stocks after nearly 40 years of fighting.