Taliban take over Afghanistan district by district

Afghan government and Taliban agree to speed up negotiations


In the news on Qatar-based AlJazeera television, it was noted that the delegations made a joint written statement on the second and last day of the new round of negotiations hosted by Doha.

According to the statement, the Afghan government and the Taliban delegations agreed to speed up negotiations to reach a just solution.

The parties also agreed on “the necessity of reaching an agreement in line with Islamic principles that meets the interests of Afghans”.

Expressing their commitment to maintain the negotiations at a high level until an agreement is reached, the delegations stated that they would meet again and instructed to speed up the negotiations.

No date was specified for the new meeting mentioned in the statement.

The parties also expressed their gratitude to Qatar for their efforts to reach a lasting peace in Afghanistan, as well as neighboring and regional countries and the international community for their “cooperation in the peace process”.

Inter-Afghan negotiations, which started last year in order to end the violence that has been going on for years in Afghanistan, and left to their fate in February 2021, started on July 17 in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

In the inter-Afghan negotiations, the government delegation was headed by Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the Supreme Council of National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, and the Taliban delegation was headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Brother, the Head of the Taliban’s Political Bureau in Qatar.

PEACE PROCESS

The USA’s promise to leave all foreign forces in the country by signing a peace agreement with the Taliban on February 29, 2020 was a turning point for the country.

After the signing of the peace agreement between the USA and the Taliban, on 12 September 2020, inter-Afghan negotiations started in Doha, the capital of Qatar, but were abandoned in February 2021 without any visible results.

Thus, the transition process negotiations between the Taliban and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ended in failure.

With the collapse of the process, the pressure of the Taliban throughout the country intensified. The Taliban, which guaranteed not to attack foreign forces with the Doha Agreement, took violent actions against the Afghan security forces.

VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN THE COUNTRY

While the peace process in Afghanistan remains uncertain, violent clashes between the security forces and the Taliban continue.

The Taliban captured almost all of the districts on the border of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the attacks launched in the last week of June.

The Taliban, which surrounded the Hayratan Border Gate, the most important trade route to Uzbekistan, from two directions, concentrated on the Gazni province in the southwest.

Continuing to advance in Afghanistan, the Taliban captured the Islamic Fortress on the Iranian border of the country on 8 July and the Spin Boldak border gates on the Pakistani border on 14 July.

The Taliban increased their pressure with violent attacks in the provinces of Badakhshan, Tahar, Ghazni, Herat, Kandahar and Badgis.

According to the information the AA correspondent obtained from local authorities, the Taliban control more than 160 of 407 districts, including their centres.


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