09 Sep Agreement For Bringing Peace In Afghanistan
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said that while the Taliban have stopped attacks on US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, the violence remains “unacceptable” and “does not promote a diplomatic solution.” He added: “We have continued to carry out defensive attacks to defend our partners in the region, and we will continue to do so.”  Innerafghanaise negotiations did not begin as planned on March 10, 2020. However, on that day, Ghani signed a decree telling the Afghan government to begin releasing 1,500 Taliban prisoners on March 14 if they agreed to sign pledges guaranteeing that they would not return to battle. If they did not sign the commitments, the decree would not enter into force.  On the same day, the United States began withdrawing some troops.  Despite the fact that the terms of the peace agreement were also unanimously supported by the UN Security Council, sources close to the Taliban, including Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, later announced that the Ghani group had rejected the prisoner exchange decree and continued to insist on the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.    On March 14, 2020, Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the National Security Council, announced that President Ghani had delayed the release of Taliban prisoners due to the need to review the list of prisoners, thereby jeopardizing the peace agreement between the U.S. government and the Taliban.  There are a number of assumptions that the agreement is problematic. On the one hand, the Afghan government was not part of the negotiations or a signatory to the final agreement. Although U.S.
Ambassador Zalmay Khaililzad has worked to keep Afghan President Ashraf Ghani informed, the Afghan government has been increasingly alerted and resentful during the talks for being excluded from discussions about the future of his own country. The fact that the Afghan government or its representatives were not allowed to participate in the negotiations was, at the request of the Taliban, who argued that the current government in Afghanistan was not a legitimate government, but a puppet of the United States. . . .