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Taliban Prepare to Start Intra-Afghan Talks

Taliban representatives in Qatar said on Sunday they are now preparing to begin the intra-Afghan talks.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's office in Qatar told TOLOnews that the group is ready to fulfill its commitments.

On the other hand, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a press conference after the signing said that the agreement will mean nothing if concrete actions on commitments and promises are not kept. And in an interview with CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday said the path forward in Afghanistan remains "rocky and bumpy" despite the deal.

So far it is not clear about where the Intra-Afghan talks will be hosted.

“It is still early to talk about the government system, and in the meeting between the Afghans, the two sides will discuss which system is in the interest of the Afghan people, and any system that is accepted by the majority will be approved...” said Khairullah Khairkhowa, a member of the Taliban’s office in Qatar.

“This is a historic day for the Afghan people, this agreement is important, but it is a first step for direct talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan, and when I say Afghanistan, I mean an inclusive, committed, government-led delegation. These delegations should be a reflection of Afghan society,” said Potzel Markus, German envoy for Afghanistan.

“Women should not worry about their education and rights to work, and we will guarantee their rights to work and education in light of Islamic principles. If they (women) obey Islamic hijab they will have no problems and should not worry,” said Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s spokesman in Qatar.

While the government views the release of Taliban prisoners as one of the topics of discussions for the intra-Afghan talks, Taliban representatives in Qatar say on the basis of the peace agreement, the US has promised that Taliban prisoners will be released before talks between Afghans.

Afghanistan

Taliban Prepare to Start Intra-Afghan Talks

Pompeo in an interview with CBS' Face the Nation said the path forward in Afghanistan remains "rocky and bumpy" despite Taliban deal.

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Taliban representatives in Qatar said on Sunday they are now preparing to begin the intra-Afghan talks.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's office in Qatar told TOLOnews that the group is ready to fulfill its commitments.

On the other hand, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a press conference after the signing said that the agreement will mean nothing if concrete actions on commitments and promises are not kept. And in an interview with CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday said the path forward in Afghanistan remains "rocky and bumpy" despite the deal.

So far it is not clear about where the Intra-Afghan talks will be hosted.

“It is still early to talk about the government system, and in the meeting between the Afghans, the two sides will discuss which system is in the interest of the Afghan people, and any system that is accepted by the majority will be approved...” said Khairullah Khairkhowa, a member of the Taliban’s office in Qatar.

“This is a historic day for the Afghan people, this agreement is important, but it is a first step for direct talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan, and when I say Afghanistan, I mean an inclusive, committed, government-led delegation. These delegations should be a reflection of Afghan society,” said Potzel Markus, German envoy for Afghanistan.

“Women should not worry about their education and rights to work, and we will guarantee their rights to work and education in light of Islamic principles. If they (women) obey Islamic hijab they will have no problems and should not worry,” said Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s spokesman in Qatar.

While the government views the release of Taliban prisoners as one of the topics of discussions for the intra-Afghan talks, Taliban representatives in Qatar say on the basis of the peace agreement, the US has promised that Taliban prisoners will be released before talks between Afghans.

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