Kabul: Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah in a statement on Tuesday said that the Taliban are not committed to the peace process in Afghanistan.
In fact, Abdullah Abdullah met and held talks with Japanese Ambassador to Kabul Takashi Okada to discuss relevant issues and the peace process in Afghanistan. During the meeting, Abdullah pointed to the recent developments and security situation in Afghanistan and reiterated that the Taliban is not committed to the process of peace in this country.
“Taliban seek a military solution to Afghan problem. If this group seeks victory through a military solution, that would be completely wrong. Given the history of the last four decades, no group in Afghanistan has been able to seize power by force,” Abdullah said.
For his part, Japanese envoy to Kabul, while emphasizing his country’s continued assistance to Afghanistan, said that Japan’s message to Taliban is that war is not the solution to end the crisis in Afghanistan. If Taliban comes to power militarily, it will have no legitimacy, he added.
Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov said that there is no direct threat to Russia from the Taliban. “There is no immediate direct threat [to Russia] from the Taliban,” he said in an interview with the Russia-24 television channel when asked whether the Taliban’s activities could threaten Russia directly.
According to the Russian diplomat, Taliban insurgents are not strong enough to seize the capital city and other big cities in the country. In his words, the situation in Kabul is quite tense. “There is an increased terrorist threat here, and it is clear that this is the capital city of a country in a state of war. Nevertheless, no serious changes for the worse have been observed in Kabul since May,” Zhirnov noted, adding that Russia’s, US’, China’s and Pakistan’s representatives are working on the settlement of the situation in that country via the Extended Troika mechanism. “We are pursuing a policy to push the conflicting parties to result-oriented talks that would put an end to the civil war,” he stressed.
On the other hand, former US National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton said that Pakistan is directly responsible for the Taliban’s return to power. He blamed Islamabad for supporting the Taliban and providing them safe havens in Pakistan during the past two decades, as per the Khaama Press reports Bolton as saying during his interview to Voice of America (VOA). “Parts of the Pakistani government are directly responsible for the Taliban’s return to power,” Bolton said.
Pakistan’s intelligence and other internal circles have been in contact with the Taliban for decades, Bolton added. “I am concerned about the future consequences,” he said.
At the same time, Bolton warned Pakistan that “if the Taliban seizes power in Afghanistan, it will also be a threat to Pakistan as the terrorist pressure on the Pakistani government will increase”. In fact, Bolton also said that complete withdrawal of forces can demoralize the Afghan government and army. When asked about the meeting of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with his counterpart Joe Biden, he stated that “this trip will be the last opportunity for the Afghan government to try to encourage President Biden to gradually provide more time for other signs of continued US support if he does not alter his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.”