Taliban accuses Washington and Kabul of violating peace agreement

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Representatives of the radical Taliban movement said the agreement they reached with the United States was violated by Washington and the government of Afghanistan, which it supports, the local Tolo news television channel reported citing a statement from the movement.

At the end of February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the United States and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the start of an inter-Afghan dialogue in March after a prisoner exchange deal.

Representatives of the group said they considered it a violation of the agreement to delay the release of five thousand Taliban prisoners. In addition, the Taliban claim that Afghan forces, with the support of the US military, are attacking Taliban positions.

In a statement, the Taliban called on the United States and the Afghan government to abide by the agreement, and said it could “attack any outpost of the Afghan government” until a separate ceasefire agreement was signed following inter-Afghan negotiations.

It was previously reported that the Afghan authorities and Taliban officials agreed to begin an exchange of prisoners and prisoners on Thursday, April 2. Prior to this, it was assumed that the process would begin on March 31, but then a representative of the National Security Council of Afghanistan, Javid Faisal, said that the parties continued to discuss the issue.

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