Moscow is interested in US and Taliban implementing peace agreement

There is reason for optimism about the future of Afghanistan, Russia sees that the United States and the radical Taliban are interested in the speedy implementation of the peace agreement they have signed and the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations, said Zamir Kabulov, Special Representative of President of the Russian Federation for Afghanistan, Director of the Second Asian Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Moscow is interested in US and Taliban implementing peace agreement

“Of course, there is reason for optimism about the future of Afghanistan. We welcome the signing of the agreement between the US and the Taliban in Doha on February 29, and we are convinced that this paves the way for finding a way to a sustainable process to resolve the situation in the country. We see that both sides – the United States and the Taliban movement – are interested in the speedy implementation of the agreement and the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations as soon as possible”, – Kabulov said in an interview with The Hindu.

According to him, the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations will depend more on how the Afghan authorities can exchange prisoners with the Taliban and create a team of negotiators with whom the Taliban will want to conduct a dialogue.

“The main prerequisite for a successful inter-Afghan dialogue is the willingness of the warring parties to negotiate with a view to establishing lasting peace in Afghanistan. However, at the moment there are two main obstacles to launching inter-Afghan negotiations: completion of the exchange of prisoners and creation of a team of negotiators by Kabul. It is possible that when the negotiation process will be launched, new difficulties may arise. The dialogue between the warring parties will not be easy, but if there is a strong mutual commitment to reaching an agreement, success will be achieved sooner or later”, – Kabulov added.

Earlier at a ceremony in Qatar, the US and the Taliban radical movement signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the start of an inter-Afghan dialogue after the prisoner exchange deal.

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