The Taliban’s negotiating group has arrived in Qatar, a spokesman mentioned Saturday, in an indication that long-delayed peace talks with the Afghan authorities are inching nearer to beginning.
A date for the talks, to be hosted in Doha, has not been set however the warring sides have this week made alerts that negotiations may launch quickly, together with efforts to wrap up a drawn out prisoner alternate.
“All members of our negotiating group have arrived in Doha. The talks will start as soon as some small technical points are resolved,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen informed AFP.
The Taliban group had not too long ago been in Pakistan discussing the peace course of with the federal government in Islamabad.
Qatar authorities have been imposing a seven day quarantine interval on all arrivals to the nation, however have made exemptions for some delegations who bear common testing.
The Afghan authorities’s negotiating group remained in Kabul on Saturday, however a logistics group landed in Doha earlier this week.
Faraidoon Khawzoon, a spokesman for the Afghan authorities’s reconciliation council, mentioned its negotiating group was prepared for talks.
“The discharge of the prisoners is accomplished and there’s no excuse for delaying the talks,” he tweeted.
“However the Taliban are not prepared for the talks. We count on the Taliban to prepare and begin the negotiations.”
The talks have been initially because of start in March as set out in a deal between the US and the Taliban in February, from which Kabul was excluded.
However disagreements over ongoing violence and the prisoner swap have seen the beginning repeatedly pushed again.
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