Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Afghan Leader warns US against Quitting Peace Deal

Afghan Leader warns United States President Joe Biden

On Sunday, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar slammed the United States for trying to quit the Doha peace agreement with the Taliban.

He was at his party’s headquarters in the Kabul on the 32nd anniversary of the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Afghan leader warns US President Joe Biden not to withdraw from the peace agreement signed by his predecessor Donald Trump.

“Biden cannot benefit from the continuation of war in Afghanistan or force the Taliban by violating the agreement,” said Hekmatyar. He led mujahidin fighters in the fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. He was also Prime Minister in the 1990s.

The former US president has greatly reduced the number of US troops in Afghanistan, but the new administration plans to reconsider the deal, citing increased violence. The agreement calls for all international troops withdraw in exchange of guarantees of security from the Taliban.

Situations after Peace Deal

Government officials, journalists and civil society activists continue to be targeted in Afghanistan. Most of the attacks are unknown, but the government blames the Taliban.

Intra-Afghan negotiations to develop a road map for Afghanistan after the war have also stalled.

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The veteran leader, who signed a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani in 2016, said the government had failed to keep promises, such as releasing fellow party members and joining the government.

He warned of sorrunding the presidential palace if his demands are not meet, adding that some elements of the government are eager to sabotage the peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

Meanwhile, the insurgents have warned NATO not to extend their stay in Afghanistan.

“Our message for the upcoming NATO ministerial meeting is that continuing the occupation and war is not in anyone’s interest,” the group said in a statement on Saturday.

On 4 February, the NATO Secretary General declared that the Alliance’s presence in Afghanistan was a friendly decision.

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