In an opinion piece by Richard Fontaine and Lisa Curtis published by Foreign Policy, the US is asked to discard the Doha deal if America wishes to send a clear diplomatic message about the unacceptability of Kabul’s policies.
The piece stated that in order to create a better future for Afghanistan, the US should interact with the political opposition and should support a political office for the Afghan opposition in a third country.
“If the United States wishes to send a clear diplomatic message about the unacceptability of the Taliban’s policies, it should formally discard the Doha deal signed in February 2020. Many Afghans interpret it not as a peace agreement but as a withdrawal measure that guaranteed Taliban rule," the piece reads.
According to the piece, the United States should support a political office for the Afghan opposition in a third country: “While several members of the political opposition already engage individually with Taliban leaders, a formal office would give more weight to those discussions and encourage a more broad-based, Afghan-led negotiation process.”
"Given the complexity of the situation, tact and logic demand that the Taliban show flexibility and extend a hand of peace to the people,” Sayed Jawad Sajadi, international relations expert, told TOLOnews.
However, the Islamic Emirate considers the Doha Agreement beneficial for both parties and says that reopening an office for people who have a bad track record is not in the interest of the US.
"Maybe America knows that those who have been tested are not reliable and that if the situation in Afghanistan is quiet and secure, and if the existing stability lasts, it will be good for all sides,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
The writers of the article noted that no country has recognized the Islamic Emirate as the government of Afghanistan, and the UN General Assembly announced in November that the member states will not recognize the Islamic Emirate in the current situation.
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