Taliban And Ahmad Massoud Group Resume Talks; Agree Not Fight Until Next Round Of Negotiations

Taliban And Ahmad Massoud Group Resume Talks; Agree Not Fight Until Next Round Of Negotiations


New Delhi: The supporters of famed commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of the resistance front against the Taliban and Taliban representatives have reportedly agreed mutually to not attack each other until the second round of negotiations.

A 12-member resistance front delegation led by former Mujahideen commander Almas Zahid and the six-member Taliban delegation led by Mohammad Mohsin Hashimi, the Taliban’s deputy leader of intelligence, held their first meeting on Wednesday afternoon in the center of Parwan province to seek an alternative to fighting.

According to media reports, the representatives met for three hours wherein both sides agreed to not attack each other until the second round of negotiations is held.

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Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, a representative of the resistance front later took to the Facebook saying, “After three hours of discussion, it was decided that both delegations will share the message with their leadership and resume the negotiations to reach a durable peace in the country. It was also decided that the parties should not attack each other until the second round of negotiations.”

As reported by the TOLO News, a Taliban representative meanwhile said that the Taliban wanted to discuss the issue of Panjshir, but Massoud’s supporters wanted to discuss the structure of the future government. Thus the negotiations had no tangible outcome.

The negotiations reportedly followed both sides’ threatening to use military force against each other.

Leader of the resistance front against the Taliban, Ahmad Massoud had recently reiterated that if an inclusive and acceptable government for all is not established, Afghanistan will be isolated both politically and economically.  



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