Turkey is likely to speak about Afghanistan on April 16.  The Afghan government sees no change in the Taliban

Turkey is likely to speak about Afghanistan on April 16. The Afghan government sees no change in the Taliban


The Turkish talks on the Afghan peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban are expected to take place in Istanbul on April 16.

The talks were one of Washington’s proposals when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The talks used to take place in Doha.

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The Turkish talks on the Afghan peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban are expected to take place in Istanbul on April 16.

The talks were one of Washington’s proposals when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The talks used to take place in Doha.

While the dates for the talks have not yet been officially announced, the Taliban still have to formally nod as they drag their feet. The view is that the Taliban are interested in seeing the May 1 withdrawal deadline for American troops and that if they sit at the table in Istanbul they will be given a moral foundation.

But for Kabul, the Taliban have not changed, and the group in power will seek to reverse what has been achieved over the past 20 years. A senior Afghan government official speaking to WION from Kabul said: “The plan is to bring the Taliban back, control Kabul and regain Islamabad’s role in Afghan domestic affairs.”

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Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 following the American invasion, the country has made strides in basic human freedoms, women’s rights. Afghan envoy in Washington to the UN, USA are women, 1/5 of the Afghan cabinet are women, many provincial governors are women.

Afghan officials see no change in the Taliban’s attitude. The official said anonymously: “The Taliban have not changed, they are hot on foot and cold in heart.”

The level of violence in Afghanistan remains high. Provinces such as Helmand and Kandahar continue to witness violence. The Afghan side, however, sees no repeat of the 1990s, when the Taliban were able to rule the country with their own archaic laws.

“We would rather fight than live a slave life … we will never give up our integrity,” said the official. Currently, the Afghan armed forces conducted 98 percent of operations in the country, and as of 2014, all major operations have been conducted by Afghan authorities. This includes the killing of number two of Al Qaeda.

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