Afghan negotiator Pompeo leaves Taliban for Doha peace talks

A team representing the Afghan government left for Doha ahead of the long-awaited peace talks with the insurgent Taliban, which began Saturday, Afghan officials said.

Afghan negotiator Pompeo leaves Taliban for Doha peace talks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the "historic" talks on his way to Doha for the opening ceremony.

The Trump administration is trying to persuade the Taliban and the Afghan government to negotiate, which will eventually lead the United States to give up its longest-running war and give President Donald Trump a major foreign policy victory before the US presidential election.

Senior negotiator Nader Nadery, said, "Today we left for Doha with hope and confidence to create a situation in Afghanistan where the gun is silent and the values ​​of (the republic) are strengthened and the Afghan people get what they deserve. Get it. “The team that left for Kabul on a commercial plane.

Pompeo is due to arrive in Doha on Friday before the opening ceremony on Saturday, after which real talks between Afghan government representatives and the Taliban are expected to begin, under a February agreement between the militant group Americans.

"It took me a long time to get him here on February 29, but we expect from Saturday morning that ... the Afghans at the table are ready to work together to move their country forward," he said. There will be controversial discussions about this, "Pompeo told reporters shortly after leaving Washington on Thursday evening.”(It) is really historic."

The Taliban have so far refused to talk directly to the government, whose group says it is powerless.

Pompeo's arrival in Doha on Friday coincides with the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, which sparked the US military intervention in Afghanistan against the Taliban, who killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks Was sheltered.

A diplomatic source in Kabul said the start of the talks was arranged’ to ensure it did not fall on the anniversary.

On Thursday, a jet carried six prisoners from Kabul at the request of the Taliban. Some Western governments have objected to his release, and it has been agreed’ that he will be held under surveillance in Qatar.

France and Australia said overnight that they objected to the release of prisoners from Afghan jails.


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