1/2/2021–|Last updated: 1/2/202106:17 AM (Mecca)
The spokesman for the political office, a member of the Taliban negotiation delegation, Muhammad Naeem, said that the stay of foreign forces in Afghanistan for more than the time specified violates the agreement reached with the movement.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Naim indicated that the deadline for the survival of these forces is late next April, stressing that the movement does not expect foreign forces to violate the agreement, considering that denying it is not in the interest of any party.
The European Union held the Taliban responsible for the violence in Afghanistan, while a leading delegation from the movement held talks in Tehran. And amid a shift in the US position, an informed source revealed that NATO plans to keep its forces in the country.
A joint statement by the European Union mission and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan said that the Taliban are responsible for most of the violence in the country.
The statement added that Taliban violence creates an environment of insecurity in which terrorist groups are allowed to operate freely. The statement called on the Taliban to end the violence.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry welcomed the statement issued by the European Union and other diplomatic missions in the Afghan capital, and said that the Afghan government has taken the necessary measures to ensure peace and stability in the country.
From Doha, a member of the government delegation to the negotiations, Rasul Taleb, explained that they have been waiting for 3 weeks for the Taliban movement to re-engage in the talks.
“The Taliban left the negotiating table to mislead the Afghan public opinion and are looking for unjustified and not acceptable excuses at all,” he said. “The Afghan people are fully aware of the truth of the statements made by a member of the Taliban delegation in Moscow who does not attend the negotiating table and makes irresponsible statements to the media.”
He added that the government negotiation team welcomes the Biden administration’s announcement of its intention to review the peace agreement with the Taliban, as soon as possible.
Rasul Talib called on the US administration to implement the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan responsibly, to avoid a security vacuum in the country.
The Taliban and the former US administration reached an agreement in Doha in February 2020, which provides for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban’s commitment to prevent the use of Afghan territory by any party or movement to threaten US interests.
The withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan is due to be completed by the end of next April. But Reuters quoted officials in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that the alliance plans to keep its forces in Afghanistan beyond the deadline specified in the agreement between the Taliban and the United States.
The official emphasized that there would be no complete withdrawal of forces by the end of next April, which is what the Taliban is demanding. He explained that there will be policy adjustments with the new US administration.
Messages from Tehran
In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met a delegation from the Taliban movement headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political bureau.
Zarif said that the US measures in Afghanistan reveal that Washington is not a good arbiter and mediator in the Afghan talks file.
He added that Tehran supports the formation of a government in which all Afghan political parties participate. And he stressed the need to maintain security in the country and avoid targeting civilians during military operations.
The Taliban political delegation met a few days ago in Tehran, the Secretary of the Iranian National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.