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PublishDate: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 09:21

Taliban Suspends Prisoner Exchange Talks with Afghan Govt, Recalls Negotiators

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for Taliban’s political office in Qatar, cited “the intentional delays” in the release of prisoners, Reuters reported. This violates the peace agreement with the US, he said, adding that the insurgent group was calling back the technical team from Kabul.
The US and the Taliban signed an accord in February, under which US-led international forces will withdraw in phases in exchange for Taliban security guarantees. The Taliban suspension of the talks could lead to an escalation of violence, which in turn could threaten the plan to withdraw US troops.

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