Kabul negotiating team faces opposition from the Taliban

The Kabul negotiations that were scheduled to being on March 10 have been witnessing constant delays because of the political tug-of-wars taking place in the country’s capital over the power sharing negotiations after the Afghan peace deal signed in Doha of February 29.

The Taliban has been criticized by the Afghan government for rejecting Kabul’s negotiating team for the upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks aimed at ending the nearly 19-year war of Afghanistan.

Those part of the negotiating team have been the bone of contention between the Taliban and the Afghan government. After several delays, the Afghanistan government announced a 21-member team-including five women on March 27 which has been rejected by the Taliban on March 28, saying the government had failed to put forward an “inclusive” team.

The claim of the Taliban has been rejected by Waheed Omar, President Ashraf Ghani’s adviser, saying that the negotiating team represented “a united Afghanistan” and criticized the Taliban stating that the Taliban “should not make excuses any more” to start the long-delayed negotiations.

The negotiating team faced no opposition from any major political party of Afghanistan or the U.S. officials by far.

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