By Bonnie Kristian
Washington and Kabul want to accelerate peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan, both governments announced last week, but the third party involved—the Taliban—is not exactly cooperative. There “has been no agreement” for direct talks with the Afghan government, a Taliban representative said Sunday, reiterating the group’s longstanding refusal of official talks with Kabul, especially before a bilateral deal is reached with the United States.
The Taliban’s obstinacy on this point is unfortunate, as intra-Afghan negotiations will be crucial to any lasting peace or stability in Afghanistan. But it is vital we do not overstate the importance of such talks to the more immediate project of ending U.S. military intervention.
This piece was originally published by Business Insider on August 1, 2019. Read more HERE.