UN Allows Senior Taliban Leaders to Travel for Peace Talks

by Marie Rodriguez

These days, the United Nations granted a waiver to senior Taliban leaders, permitting them to tour and participate in peace talks with America to stop the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.

The U.N. Security Council sanctions Committee that deals with the Taliban says the 9-month exemption period beginning on April 1 allows the men to participate in Afghan peace and reconciliation talks in various countries.

“Individual itineraries will rely on the area of peace discussions. The Committee has additionally determined to provide a confined asset freeze exemption most effective for financing exempted travels,” it stated.

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American reconciliation envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and his group are anticipated to go into a new spherical of meetings with Taliban interlocutors in Qatar later this month. Both aspects say the talk process, which started late last summer, has made steady development.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid advised VOA that the names of all 14 individuals on their negotiating group and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the organization’s casual “political workplace” inside the Qatari capital of Doha, had been taken off the U.N. Blacklist. Those on the list are monetary sanctions, a travel ban, and a finger embargo by all member countries.

The insurgent institution has long regarded U.N. Sanctions on its leaders as a primary impediment to Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation efforts. Taliban officers say Khalilzad had promised within the final spherical of discussions in March that he could check out the Taliban’s demand of briefly eliminating the sanctions.

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