Taliban says they are ready to participate in intra-Afghan talks in OSLO, Norway

Doha: The political office of the Taliban group in Qatar has announced that the group is prepared for intra-Afghan talks provided that the provisions of the agreements are implemented. In an online statement posted on Friday, Suhail Shaheen said the Taliban group is prepared to participate in intra-Afghan talks on 10th of March.

The Taliban have said they were “fully ready” for the negotiation if provisions of the agreement related to prisoners release were implemented, while the composition of the Afghan government negotiating team has yet to be determined.

On February 29, 2020, the United States and Afghan Taliban signed a peace agreement in Doha, Qatar. Following the agreement, negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban are expected to begin on Tuesday in Oslo, Norway.
The intra-Afghan dialogue is seen as a critical step towards evolving a consensus among all the Afghan groups for the future of Afghanistan.

The deal, reached between the U.S. and the Taliban, requires the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners by the start of the talks in exchange for 1,000 government soldiers held by the Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected the requirement, claiming that the government has made no commitment to the deal.

This comes as the U.S. and Taliban group recently signed a peace deal after observing a 7-day reduction in violence. The two sides signed the agreement after almost 18 months of negotiations in Qatari capital of Doha. The release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners was reportedly included in the agreement as a prerequisite for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

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