The Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov says President Ghani’s order to launch an offensive against the Taliban and the suspension of the release of Taliban prisoners will halt the process of launching intra-Afghan negotiations.
“This is regrettable, because by his actions the head of the Kabul administration actually stalls the process of moving towards the launch of intra-Afghan negotiations,” he told TASS news agency.
“Such actions clearly indicate that Kabul is not much interested in the early launch of intra-Afghan talks,” the diplomat added.
Kabulov stressed that the Taliban’s combat activities against government forces did not violate the agreements reached by the Taliban and the US in Doha.
This comes as President Ghani has ordered the security forces to proceed with offensive operations against terrorists after attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul and a suicide attack at a funeral ceremony in Nangarhar province.