The US envoy called for "technical" discussions at the earliest opportunityAFB
Wednesday 18 March 2020 21:06
The American envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad (AFP)
[size=17]The US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Wednesday that the exchange of prisoners between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement, which was stipulated in the agreement between Washington and the rebels, has become "urgent" today due to the spread of the Corona epidemic, and should take place "at an early date."
"No prisoner has been released despite the commitment announced by the two parties in this regard," the envoy wrote, on his Twitter account, stressing that "the Corona virus makes the release of prisoners an urgent matter and time is running out."
The historic agreement concluded in Doha, on February 29th, last year between the United States and the Taliban, stipulated the release of 5,000 rebels from Kabul prisons and a thousand Afghan security forces prisoners imprisoned by the movement, before the Afghan peace negotiations that were scheduled for March 10. (March).
But the Afghan government, which was not involved in the negotiations between the Americans and the Taliban, initially refused, before it agreed to the release process with conditions. Since the Taliban rejected this proposal, negotiations between the Afghan parties have not yet begun.
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Zalmay Khalilzad again called for "technical" discussions at the earliest opportunity between Kabul and the rebels on the issue of prisoners, pledging to participate in it personally.
He considered that these meetings should be organized "remotely" due to the outbreak of the Coruna epidemic.
He also called on all parties to "avoid provocative public statements."
The agreement between the two parties provides for a comprehensive, gradual withdrawal of US and foreign forces within 14 months, and its first phase has begun. On the other hand, the Taliban made pledges in the field of fighting terrorism and in terms of negotiating directly with Kabul for the first time.