Video Chat With the Taliban Keeps Afghan Peace Deal on Life Support

Video Chat With the Taliban Keeps Afghan Peace Deal on Life Support

Video Chat With the Taliban Keeps Afghan Peace Deal on Life Support by Mujib Mashal – New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan – Balancing coronavirus concerns with fears that a painstakingly negotiated peace deal could fall apart, Afghan government officials met by videoconference on Sunday with Taliban delegates to discuss technical details of a prisoner release that is a part of the deal, officials said.

Though the meeting was not the formal start of direct talks between the government and the Taliban — that step is predicated on reaching agreement on the prisoner exchange — the technical discussion was the first negotiating meeting between them since the United States and the insurgents signed a deal last month.

Concerns about the global coronavirus pandemic, however, meant that the talks happened by video chat. And that in itself was a notable moment given the Taliban’s origins as a national government that largely banned television and music…

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Mon, 03/23/2020 – 7:56am



Source: Small War Journal
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