The Taliban denied the possibility of negotiating with the Afghan government and with the US envoys, after expressing their rejection of the 21 negotiators appointed by the Ministry of Peace Affairs, considering it a team that does not consider all the Afghan factions.
The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, was the one who expressed the rejection of the armed group to the decision of the Government based in Kabul, which, as stressed by the Arab radio station Al Jazeera, could hinder the following phases of the peace agreements reached previously with the United States.
The Ministry of Peace Affairs was in charge of the appointments, which were applauded by the US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who considered the negotiating team “inclusive”.
“We will only sit down to negotiate with a team that respects our commitments and is constituted in accordance with established principles,” spokesman Zabihulla Mujahid said. “To achieve a true and lasting peace, the negotiating team must have the approval of all parties,” he added.
In response to statements by the Taliban spokesperson, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Peace Affairs, Najia Anwari, stated that this rejection of the negotiations is unjustified, as the designated team was subject to consultation with the Afghan population.
Al Jazeera explained that the negotiating team is headed by Masoom Stanekzai, a former head of the National Security Directorate and a supporter of President Ashraf Ghani. It also includes politicians, former officials and representatives of civil society, among whom are five women.
Negotiations between factions in Afghan territory delayed previously signed peace accords due to disagreements between the parties regarding the procedure for the release of Taliban prisoners from Afghan prisons.
The peace agreement between the Taliban faction, the United States and the Afghan government could end the conflict that has been going on for 19 years, when a terrorist attack against the New York twin towers on September 11, 2001, led Washington to deploy its forces in Afghan territory to persecute and combat the Taliban, classified by that country as a terrorist organization.