Kabul agreed to conduct a preliminary stage of negotiations with the Taliban

The Afghan authorities agreed to hold only a preliminary stage of negotiations with the radical Taliban movement in Qatar, TOLO news television reported citing a representative of the presidential administration.

Kabul agreed to conduct a preliminary stage of negotiations with the Taliban

According to the source, “so far there has been no agreement on the bulk of the inter-Afghan negotiations in Qatar”.

Earlier, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry Special Envoy Mutlak al-Kahtani, who is currently visiting Kabul, told Al Jazeera that Afghan President Ashraf Gani has agreed to hold talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban radical movement in Doha, Qatar.

At the end of February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the United States and the Taliban 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.

Suheil Shahin, spokesman for the political office of the Qatar movement on Thursday, said the Taliban released 76 Afghan prisoners on Thursday. Earlier, the representative of the National Security Council of Afghanistan, Javid Faisal, said that the government had already released at least 3 thousand Taliban prisoners. Taliban demand from the Afghan authorities to release 5 thousand prisoners on the basis of an agreement with the United States.

At the end of February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the United States and the Taliban 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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