Afghanistan government and Taliban after four decades came together for seeking a way for peace. For the first time Taliban and US got an agreement nine month ago.
Many challenges still stand in the way of a successful outcome to these negotiations and to ending the United States’ longest war.
After lengthy negotiations, the U.S.-Taliban agreement and U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration were signed in February 2020. These agreements have been seen as necessary and important first steps to intra-Afghan negotiations but they do not guarantee that intra-Afghan negotiations will be successful.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, leader of the Taliban delegation, signs an agreement with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha, Qatar, on February 29, 2020.
The agreement follows more than eighteen months—and nine rounds—of peace talks, involving Khalilzad, representatives from the Taliban, delegations from the Afghan government, and numerous other special representatives or envoys from neighboring or regional countries and international organizations. The signing of the deal was preceded by a seven-day reduction in violence agreement that was seen as a test of the Taliban’s ability to control its forces.
The Taliban agreed that it will not threaten the United States or its allies, and that it will prevent armed groups and others in Afghanistan from doing the same.
Eventually Intra-Afghan negotiations were notionally scheduled to begin on March 10, 2020.
After years of waiting, the Afghans have finally engaged in negotiations. Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban movement met in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. It was a great time that I have been in Duha wile intra afghan negotiations had been started.
The meeting marked the first official contact between the insurgents and the Kabul officials in intra-Afghan peace talks, which comes six months after the United States signed a deal with the Taliban as part of an exit strategy for American troops.
I had interviewed with so many members of two sides- Taliban and Afghanistan government’s members. At first they were hopeful for starting straight talking but after 15’days, it shows that two sides faced many disagreement on many point as religion “Feqha”.
As a port of journalist and members of Afghanistan I think it is so soon for achieving peace and an agreement between afghan members and Taliban’s negotiators. But it is optimistic that now we have a table which to sides that were enemy for many decades are came together and now they are seeking for a way to get out Afghanistan from crises.