Taliban guarantee Swiss delegation of safety of embassies, int’l organisations

Afghan Taliban leaders met a delegation from Switzerland and mentioned the continued state of affairs in Afghanistan, the spokesman for the Taliban’s Qatar workplace mentioned.

“Head of European Section PO [political office], Mullah A. Wasiq and his accompanying delegation met Swiss non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan Benedict de Cerjat and Swiss ambassador to Qatar Edgar Doerig and his delegation in Qatar, yesterday,” Suhail Shaheen wrote on microblogging web site Twitter on Saturday.

He mentioned that either side mentioned the continued state of affairs of Afghanistan, the present peace course of and humanitarian and growth help of Swiss to Afghanistan.

“Issues relating [to] security of embassies, humanitarian organisations, diplomats and staff were also discussed,” the spokesperson added.

Suhail additionally mentioned that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan delegation reiterated that embassies and worldwide organisations had been vital for relations and liaison between Afghanistan and the world. “We consider their protection part of our national interests,” he additional mentioned.

The growth comes at a time when representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban met in Doha for talks, as violence rages within the neighbouring nation with overseas forces almost completely withdrawn.

The two sides have been assembly on and off for months within the Qatari capital, however the talks have misplaced momentum because the insurgents have made battlefield positive aspects.

Several high-ranking officers, together with former Afghan chief govt Abdullah Abdullah, gathered in a luxurious resort on Saturday after morning prayers.

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They had been joined by negotiators from the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha.

The Taliban have capitalised on the final levels of the withdrawal of US and different overseas troops from Afghanistan to launch a collection of lightning offensives throughout the nation.

“We are ready for dialogue, for talks and negotiations, and our priority is to solve the problems through dialogue,” Taliban spokesman Muhamad Naeem informed the Al Jazeera broadcaster forward of Saturday’s talks.

“The other side must have a true and sincere will to end the problems.”

Earlier, Pakistan additionally proposed to host a peace convention on Afghanistan and had invited all vital members of the Afghan management. However, it was postponed until Eidul Azha after the Afghan authorities refused to ship its delegation.

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“The Afghan Peace Conference scheduled to be held in Islamabad from 17-19 July 2021 has been postponed until after Eidul Azha,” mentioned a quick assertion issued by the Foreign Office.

The new dates of the convention can be introduced later, the assertion added.

The Taliban have additionally tightened their grip on the north, with clashes persevering with on Saturday within the stronghold of notorious warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, which borders Turkmenistan.

Also on Saturday, the French authorities flew out round 100 of its residents and Afghans working for the embassy from the capital, as safety deteriorated, a French diplomatic supply mentioned.

Several different nations together with India, China, Germany and Canada have flown out their residents or informed them to go away in latest days.

There have been weeks of intensifying combating throughout Afghanistan, with the Taliban urgent a number of offensives and overrunning dozens of districts at a staggering charge.

Foreign troops have been in Afghanistan for nearly twenty years following the US-led invasion launched within the aftermath of the September 11 assaults.

They have appeared largely out of the image in latest months, however fears are rising that Afghan forces can be overwhelmed with out the important air assist they supplied.

The velocity and scale of the Taliban onslaught have caught many without warning, with analysts saying it seems geared toward forcing the federal government to barter on the insurgents’ phrases or endure full army defeat.

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