TALIBAN-U.S. TALKS, ROUND 5

‘Difficult To Trust The Taliban That’s Got The Blood Of 1000s Of Innocents On Their Hands’

Amitabh P Revi New Delhi 13 March 2019

Round 5 of talks between the U.S. team led by President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban team led by the group’s political deputy and founding member Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has ended in Doha, Qatar. While both the U.S. and the Taliban have said there has been progress but no deal, the Afghan Government insists it has to be part of any negotiations and a ceasefire has to be put in place. Speaking from Washington, DC to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi, ex-Afghan GMIC (Government Media and Information Centre) and ex-Interior Ministry Spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi says while all Afghans want peace, the Taliban and Pakistan need to display action on the ground and stop violence to be trusted. He also talks about whether the government is being left out while Washington lays the groundwork to withdraw, how a new generation of security force leaders will defend the country against attacks and regional powers and the Great Game. Sediqqi contests a new report that claims Taliban founder Mullah Omar never crossed over and died in Pakistan after 2001 and insists that international, Indian and U.S. pressure on Islamabad must continue.

 

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