July 29, 2021

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Afghan politicians, the Taliban meet in Doha while fighting continues

Afghan politicians met with representatives of Taliban insurgents in Qatar on Saturday and each side called for peace even as fighting escalates and uproots thousands of people. Two decades of conflict have taken a turn for the worse as US-led international forces retreat and the Taliban launch offensives around Afghanistan, taking districts and border crossings as they surround provincial capitals.

The negotiators have met in Doha since September, but have failed to make substantial progress as time was running out before the complete exit of foreign troops by 11 September.

“Let’s … take important steps to continue the peace process, to prevent the killing of people,” said Abdullah Abdullah, head of the Government’s High Council for National Reconciliation, at the start of the new high-level talks. which should last two days.

“Because we can’t pay the price for this with blood and we can’t shirk responsibility for it,” Abdullah said.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy leader and negotiator of the Taliban, deplored the lack of progress. “But there should still be hope and the Taliban will work to ensure that the talks have a positive outcome,” he said.

In the latest impact of the fighting, some 12,000 families in northern Takhar province have had to flee their homes as fighting continues, local officials said.

Many gathered in a school in the provincial capital with few supplies. “We were not helped or given a carpet. Not even a dog can live here, “Mohammad Amin, one of those who fled, told Reuters.

Heavy fighting took place in the southern province of Kandahar and earlier this week the Taliban seized Spin Boldak, an area bordering Pakistan, although the Afghan government said on Friday it had regained control of the border crossing. .

Danish Reuters journalist Siddiqui was killed on Friday while following a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in the area.

Officials on the Pakistani side of the border said the crossing was opened on Saturday, allowing the return of hundreds of Afghans stranded in Pakistan during the fighting.

More than 2,000 people were displaced in Kandahar this month, according to the UN humanitarian agency, and on Friday evening the provincial governor of Kandahar declared a curfew in the city of Kandahar at night due to the fighting.

The UN refugee agency estimates that 270,000 Afghans have been internally displaced since January, bringing the number of people forced to leave their homes to over 3.5 million.

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