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US, Taliban Agreed on Important Issues: Ex-Taliban Minister
Mutasim Agha Jan told TOLOnews that both sides had reached tentative agreements.
Despite the US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's statement after US-Taliban talks in Qatar that they had not agreed on anything, Mutasim Agha Jan, once the Taliban regime's finance minister, told TOLOnews that both sides had agreed on "some most important issues".
Mutasim Agha Jan told TOLOnews that the talks between US and Taliban last week had reached a very sensitive point and both sides agreed on important issues or are close to reaching agreements and will share the developments with their leaders.
He said Taliban needed an authorized person to deal with the talks and that the group’s political responsibilities were given to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar by Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of Taliban.
Agha Jan said both sides have made a decision to sign the agreements at a meeting in the near future adding that the agreements will be shared with the Afghan people.
He said the Qatar meeting had been a very important and productive meeting.
But Khalilzad said on Saturday evening, after six days of talks in Qatar, that they had not agreed on anything.
“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and “everything” must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive ceasefire," he said in a tweet.
He said that “we have a number of issues left to work out”.
Agha Jan meanwhile said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is a popular figure among the Taliban and that he has been appointed as head of the group’s political affairs section so as to carry on talks with the US.
Baradar was appointed as head of Taliban’s Qatar office on January 24 to lead the talks. Before Baradar, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai had been head of the Qatar office.
The appointment of Baradar as head of the Qatar office has raised hopes for peace in Afghanistan and according to analysts, he has for long supported the notion of peace.
Baradar was released from a Pakistan prison in October last year.
Baradar, also known as Mullah Baradar Akhund or Mullah Brother, is a co-founder of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. He was Mullah Mohammed Omar, the founding leader of the Taliban’s deputy.
Omar’s death was confirmed in October 2016.
Baradar was captured in Pakistan by a team of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and US’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers in February 2010.
[Source: By Rajab Taieb, Tolo News, Kabul, 27Jan19]
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