US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk.

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US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk.

Message par tt » mer. avr. 21, 2021 8:22 am


Turkey announced early Wednesday that a conference Washington had hoped would move Afghanistan's warring sides to a final peace agreement was postponed, as fresh violence rattled the Afghan capital.

The postponement of the conference, which was to have begun Saturday in Istanbul, underscored the difficulties the Biden administration is facing in orchestrating slotxo download an orderly exit from conflict-scarred Afghanistan. The U.S. has said it would begin withdrawing its remaining troops from the country on May 1 and complete the pullout by Sept. 11, no matter what.

In a TV interview, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the conference was delayed until after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which ends in mid-May.

Just hours before his announcement, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of Afghan security personnel, wounding five people in Kabul. The interior ministry said civilians and security personnel were among the wounded.

The attack was the first in weeks in the capital, even as targeted killings have escalated and Afghanistan's security personnel have come under relentless attacks by Taliban insurgents. Recent months have also seen an increase in government bombing raids on suspected Taliban positions and increased raids by Afghan special forces.

Residents fear the attack could be a harbinger of what's to come as the U.S. and NATO prepare to begin their final withdrawal from Afghanistan. No one took immediate responsibility for the attack.

Cavusoglu sad the conference, which was expected to begin on Saturday, was postponed because of “lack of clarity” by the participants, without elaborating.

Until now Taliban insurgents have refused to sign on to the conference even as Pakistan, where their leadership council resides, has been pressing the hardline Islamic militia to attend.

The Taliban have accused Washington of breaching an agreement signed last year under which the U.S. was to have withdrawn the last of its troops by May 1.

But President Joe Biden, who inherited that deal with the Taliban from his predecessor, last week said the remaining estimated 2,500 troops would begin leaving on May 1. All American and NATO soldiers would be gone by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist. assault on the US that launched the US-led invasion to hunt down al Qaida's leader Osama bin Laden.

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Re: US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk.

Message par geebranz » sam. avr. 24, 2021 2:45 am