Taliban Say In Agreement On U.s. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

China. Beijing`s interests in Afghanistan are primarily economic, as it hopes to integrate it into the Belt and Road Initiative, a collection of development and investment projects. China is the country`s largest source of foreign investment and is interested in accessing Afghanistan`s vast natural resources. In addition, Beijing is concerned that terrorists are using Afghanistan to establish links within China. In late 2019, Afghan and Taliban officials attended a conference in Beijing and Chinese leaders backed an agreement between the United States and the Taliban. The United States has begun the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as part of an agreement with the Taliban to bring peace to the country. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad signed on behalf of the United States. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a current Taliban MP and a figure in the original Taliban government, has signed up for the Taliban. They shook hands when the room erupted in cheers. Although the Taliban received their main wish under the agreement – the withdrawal of American troops – they remained vague in their obligations to protect the civil rights they had brutally repressed when they were in power.

The insurgents have vowed to prevent international terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base for attacks. And the United States has promised to work on the phasing out of the United Nations and U.S. blacklists of Taliban leaders. On March 27, 2020, the Afghan government announced the creation of a 21-member negotiating team for peace talks. However, on March 29, the Taliban rejected the team on the grounds that “we will only be sitting in talks with a negotiating team that is consistent with our agreements and built up according to established principles.” [122] On 31 March 2020, a three-member Taliban delegation arrived in Kabul to discuss the release of the prisoners. [123] They are the first Taliban representatives to visit Kabul since 2001. [123] The Afghan government had also agreed to conduct the talks at Bagram prison. [123] However, on the same day, the Afghan government announced that the Taliban`s refusal to accept a new ceasefire and the Taliban delegation`s refusal to appear in prison on the scheduled date had both led to the postponement of the prisoner exchange. [125] [126] [127] After the arrival of the Taliban delegation, a senior Afghan government official told the Reuters news agency that “the release of the prisoners could take place in a few days, if all goes according to plan.” [124] The agreement also depends on tougher negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government over the country`s future.

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