The Taliban demands 7,000 prisoners and withdrawal from sanctions as the U.S. calls for military expansion


Taliban co-founder Mura Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) and other members of the Taliban delegation attend an international conference on Afghanistan on the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Moscow on March 18, 2021. Arrived to-AFP

Taliban co-founder Mura Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) and other members of the Taliban delegation attend an international conference on Afghanistan on the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Moscow on March 18, 2021. Arrived to-AFP

The Taliban envoy demanded the release of 7,000 prisoners and the revocation of UN sanctions. This is because we are considering the US requirement to keep the military in the country within the next few months.

Joe Biden’s special representative urged militants to approve an extension to the US military presence that would break Donald Trump’s withdrawal agreement leaving the country by May 1.

Washington wants an extension of three to six months, fearing that the political solution between Kabul and the militants will withdraw early before deeply pitching the country into the civil war, Toro News reports. It was.

A Taliban spokesman confirmed that Zalmay Khalilzad had met Mura Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the rebel Doha office, and discussed the release of prisoners on Tuesday night.

Naeem Wardak said the Taliban was “an important step towards solving our problems” and emphasized that the remaining 3,500 troops of the United States would leave by the deadline.

“Similarly, the release of the remaining prisoners, [UN] Blacklists and other related issues were discussed during the meeting. “

Analysts say Biden has no good choice to end the longest war in the United States, If he leaves too early, the Afghan government is at risk of suffering significant losses And if he decides to stay, a continuous swamp against the buoyant Taliban.

Violation of the deadline without the Taliban’s approval could blow up the deadlocked negotiation process between the militants and the Ashraf Ghani administration.

Frustrated Washington is trying to revitalize negotiations It has a 90-day ceasefire plan with a provisional government that shares power. The US plan is for Afghanistan’s neighbors to guarantee interim government at an international summit in Turkey in the coming weeks.

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