The Taliban linked to progress in the talks to the lifting of sanctions on their leaders

The toughening of the Taliban’s position occurred against the background of the beginning of the withdrawal of the remaining NATO and US troops from Afghanistan.

The Taliban has ruled out progress in stalled peace talks with its opponents in Afghanistan unless they say the movement’s leaders have been removed from US and UN sanctions lists.

The Taliban’s tougher stance on a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan came amid increased militant attacks after the US and NATO began withdrawing their remaining troops from the country on May 1.

In comments posted on its official website, the Taliban called the sanctions an obstacle in the negotiation process, saying that “as long as such lists exist”; it would be “unreasonable” for the UN and other countries to expect that intra-Afghan peace talks will lead to a political settlement.

International sanctions were imposed in 1999 when the Taliban was in power in Kabul and enforced harsh Islamic laws in Afghanistan.

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Author: Steve Cowan
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