The Deputy Political Chief of Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has warned that a further delay in implementing the U.S.-Taliban peace deal could further harm the ‘harmed’ peace process.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson for the political office of Taliban in Qatar, said Mullah Baradar warned regarding the consequences of the delay in implementing the peace deal, during a meeting with the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad.

According to Shaheen, Mullah Baradar emphasized on release of prisoners to pave the way for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

He also emphasized on expediting the peace process and full implementation of the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in a bid to resolve the issues in Afghanistan, Shaheen added.

khalilzad had earlier tweeted “I held 3 constructive mtgs w/ Mullah Berader & members of the Taliban Political Commission. Emphasized the US-Taliban agreement is inter-connected: CT commitments, intra-Afghan negotiations, troop withdrawal, & gradual violence reduction leading to a permanent ceasefire.”

“All sides have implementation requirements on all fronts including on prisoner releases by the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Khalilzad said, adding that “I also raised missing Americans Mark Frerichs and Paul Overby as well as our concerns about recent Taliban attacks in Kunduz, Ghazni, & Khost. We discussed their concerns with President Ghani’s ordering offensive attacks.”

“On violence, I told the Talibs violence by all sides must fall. Innocent Afghans have borne far too much and for too long the costs of this war,” he said.

Khalilzad also added “The Taliban expressed their commitment to the agreement and its implementation. They said they would do all they could to locate our citizens. They will consult their leadership on the next step.”


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