AFGHANISTAN. Herat: The Taliban has published an open letter calling on the United States to honor the Doha agreement regarding the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, the Political Deputy and Chief of Political Office of the Taliban in Doha sent an open letter to the American people asking them to withdraw their troops to move according to the 14-month timeframe. According to the agreement signed between the Donald Trump administration and the Taliban in Doha, it was assured to the Taliban that the foreign troops will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is sincerely committed to finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict and therefore, took the initiative by opening a political office in the nation of Qatar towards this end, ” Baradar wrote in the letter.
Urging the US to “remain committed”
The letter consistently demands that the Taliban are aware of their obligations and asks the same from the US.
“Now that a year has passed since the signing of the Doha agreement, we urge the American side to remain committed to the full implementation of this accord, ” Mullah Baradar said.
“It is the responsibility and in the interest of all to bring an end to this war and the implementation of the Doha agreement is the most effective way of ending it. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is aware of its obligations, other parties must also discharge their obligations.”
Commitment toward women’s rights and free speech
Taliban express vow for commitments towards women and free speech in the letter. “Just as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has clarified in many instances that it is committed to upholding and guaranteeing all rights of women afforded to them by Islamic law, we would like to once again assure the international community in this regard, ” the letter says.
“We would also like to once more declare to everyone our commitment towards freedom of speech within the framework of Islamic principles and national interests.”
Time required to reestablish the Afghan forces
A senior Afghan government official have asked the American and allied troops to stay in the country for two more years.
In an interview with The Times, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s national security adviser (NSA) said, “We expect that in the next couple of years we will be fully self-reliant, capable of independently carrying out our security responsibilities, even if there was no peace with the Taliban. We fully intend to preserve the gains of the past 20 years. Our biggest problem is financial: it is not troops, nor combat capability. We ask the US and allied troops to stay in the country for two more years before if there was no peace with the Taliban.”
Currently, 2,500 American troops remain in Afghanistan and the Biden administration has said to be reviewing the peace deal that would result in an end to the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan.