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Secretary of State Arrives in Kabul for Talks | TIME ONLINE


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul on Monday to deal with the militant Islamists Taliban to advance the agreed peace process. Pompeo is likely to try to resolve the dispute between President Aschraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who also claims the presidency after last year's election. Because of this dispute, the intra-Afghan peace talks agreed between the United States and the Taliban have so far not come about.

The Afghan government and the Taliban had first on Saturday
Discussions were held about the arrangements for an exchange of prisoners. The
Prisoner exchanges are a key part of the end of February
Agreement between the United States and the Taliban to end
of their years of armed conflict. Because the Afghan government
and the Taliban disagree on this issue, that point became
not yet implemented.

The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan,
Zalmay Khalilzad, wrote on Sunday in the short message service Twitter,
an agreement to exchange prisoners must "as soon as possible"
to be hit. The current coronavirus pandemic complicates
diplomatic contacts.

The agreement between the United States and the Taliban
 stipulates that up to 5,000 Taliban fighters and
up to a thousand abducted Afghan soldiers are released. Besides that
Washington and the Taliban agreed that the United States should be first
Their troop strength in Afghanistan surpassed within 135 days
Reduce 12,000 to 8,600 and five of the approximately 20 bases in the country

In return, the Taliban are supposed to give guarantees that they
combat the terrorist militia Al-Qaeda and the jihadist militia "Islamic State" as well as peace negotiations with the Afghan
Government in Kabul kick off. Should the Taliban stick to theirs
To keep commitments, the US wants all of its troops in 14 months
and withdraw those of their allies. With a partial deduction from Afghanistan
the US has already started.


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