Afghanistan endgame: Key demands surface from Afghan Taliban

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Afghanistan endgame: Key demands surface from Afghan Taliban

KABUL - Key demands have surfaced from the Afghan Taliban over the Afghanistan peace talks.

“Taliban wants to progress on the release of prisoners, recognition of their political office, removing names of senior leaders from the UN sanctions list, and halt to air strikes and nights raids.

These will be important confidence-building measures ahead of the formal talks. The Taliban will show a positive response if the other side takes some confidence-building measures,” he said as quoted by Arab News.

According to the report, former Taliban minister Mutasim said the UAE talks were mainly focused on building trust and that key issues like a ceasefire and elections will be discussed at a later stage.

The former Taliban official said that both the US and other parties involved wanted the Afghan government to join the process later.

“Some of the Taliban’s demands are related to the US such as the issue of foreign troops, airstrikes, sanctions on the Taliban, and even the reopening of the office. So they await the US’ response first,” Mutasim said as quoted by Arab News.

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