US-Taliban Afghanistan talks cancelled in Qatar

“They were supposed to be the first talks between the United States and the Taliban in years. But now there is confusion over whether negotiations to try to end the fighting in Afghanistan will actually take place. A large part of the problem is because of a plaque outside the Taliban’s new office in the Qatari capital of Doha.” Aljazeera

Confusion came actually from the Afghan Government when Hamid Karzai irritated by a press conference in Qatar at which the Taliban attempted to portray themselves as a government in exile, he suspended talks on a long-term security deal to keep US troops in Afghanistan after Nato leaves in 2014. Protests also followed in Kabul hearing the news of the Taliban office.

One day ago the United States welcomed the opening of the bureau of the Islamist Emirates of Afghanistan  placed in Qatar.

The full statement on Afghanistan peace talks read out in English by an unnamed Taliban spokesman at a news conference in Qatar, as transcribed by the Guardian:

Statement concerning the opening of the political office of the Islamic Emirate [Taliban] in Qatar.

It is well known to all that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been waging jihad to put an end to the occupation and form an independent Islamic system. To reach this goal it has utilised every lawful means.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan simultaneously follows military and political actions and aims which are limited to Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate never wants to pose harms to other countries from its soil, nor will it allow anyone to cause a threat to the security of countries from the soil of Afghanistan.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants good relations with all the countries of the world including the neighbouring countries, on the basis of mutual respect and while desiring security at the country level, the Islamic Emirate wants security and justice at the world level.

Of course the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considerers it its religious and national duty to gain independence from the occupation and for that purpose has utilised every legitimate way and will utilise it in future too.

Similarly at world level, it considers the struggles and efforts by the miserable and oppressed nations for achievement of their legitimate rights and independence as their due rights, because people have the right to liberate their countries from colonialism and obtain their rights.

In order to elucidate this policy the Islamic Emirate has deemed it essential to open the political office in the Islamic country of Qatar, for the attainment of the following objectives.

One: to reach understanding and initiate talks with countries of the world for the purpose of improving relations with them.

Two: to support a political and peaceful solution which includes the end of the occupation of Afghanistan and the establishment of an independent Islamic system and true security which is the want and aspiration of the nation.

Three: to hold meetings with Afghans as times may demand.

Four: to initiate contact with the United Nations as well as with the international, regional and non-governmental organisations.

Five: to put political statements at the disposal of media regarding current
political developments.

It is worth mentioning that to thank the Emir of Qatar, his highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani who agreed to the opening of the political office of the Islamic Republic in his country and provided facilities in this regard.

Laura Zuffi

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