It should be noted that negotiations on the opening of a foreign representative office of the movement have been conducted already since the end of last year. It was supposed that the office will be opened in Saudi Arabia or Turkey, but eventually it was Qatar that agreed to host the Talibs.
The interesting point is that the Talibs themselves have called the opening of the office a foreign representation of “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” eliminated in 2001.
The Taliban movement has also made an appeal to release the prisoners from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay who were convicted for their links with the Talibs.
Representatives of the High Council of Peace in Afghanistan welcomed the decision by the Talibs to establish a representative office in Qatar.
“For the Taliban it is important to cooperate with the international community, particularly with the USA, and we welcome the decision to open an office. This is a gesture of trust. The Taliban is blacklisted by the USA and that is why it is important for them to establish negotiations with the United States,” said the representatives of the organization.
It will be recalled that on December 28, Hamid Karzai agreed to hold peace talks with the Talibs and allowed them to open their representative office in Qatar. The Afghan leader also emphasized that if the USA insists on establishing contacts with the paramilitary group, Kabul will go there. At present, the Talibs in Afghanistan are carrying on an armed struggle against President Hamid Karzai and the international coalition troops supporting him.