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Doha agreement empowered Taliban, says US State Dept

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The agreement signed between the United States and the de facto administration of Afghanistan in Doha four years ago empowered the group while undermining the Afghan government, the US State Department said on Thursday.

According to the spokesperson of the US State Department, Mathew Miller, the agreement paved the way for the empowerment of the Taliban-led Afghanistan, which subsequently weakened the Afghan Government’s partners and obligated the United States to withdraw its troops without a clear strategy for the aftermath.

Miller emphasized the alleged failure of the Taliban to fulfill its commitments outlined in the Doha Agreement, citing instances where the Taliban sheltered high-profile terrorists like al-Qaida leader Zawahiri in Kabul, contrary to the agreement’s terms.

Despite assertions from the US, the Taliban refutes these claims and accuses the United States of breaching the terms of the Doha Agreement, particularly regarding the normalization of relations and support for Afghanistan’s development.

The back-and-forth accusations between the US and the Taliban underscore the fragile nature of diplomatic agreements in conflict-ridden regions, where trust is often in short supply and interpretations of commitments vary.

The Doha Agreement’s failure to bring about lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan serves as a reminder of the complexities involved in resolving longstanding conflicts through negotiated settlements, especially when multiple stakeholders with diverging interests are involved.

The absence of a comprehensive post-withdrawal plan following the US troop pullout, as criticized by the US State Department, highlights the challenges of transitioning from military intervention to sustainable peace-building efforts in war-torn nations.

Despite the optimism surrounding the Doha Agreement’s signing four years ago, its inability to prevent the resurgence of violence and the deterioration of security in Afghanistan underscores the need for more nuanced and inclusive approaches to conflict resolution.

Moving forward, achieving a durable peace in Afghanistan requires a concerted effort from all parties involved, including regional actors, neighboring countries, and international stakeholders, to address underlying grievances, foster reconciliation, and build inclusive political structures that can withstand the test of time.

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