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Taliban likely to intensify efforts to seize southern provincial capital despite fresh Afghan government proposal for negotiations

07 March 2018


On 28 February, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered unconditional peace talks to the Taliban during a speech at the second Kabul Process conference.

The president proposed a relocation of the Taliban’s political office to Kabul from Qatar, issuing Afghan passports to Taliban officials, and working to remove sanctions on Taliban leaders. However, Ghani’s offer did not fundamentally differ from previous unsuccessful Kabul government overtures to the Taliban, including an offer made at the first Kabul Process conference in June 2017. The Taliban has also issued at least two statements to date in 2018 indicating the group’s openness to negotiations – but only directly with the United States.

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