Kabul to push for ceasefire in talks with Taliban: top official

KABUL (HRNW) – Afghan government negotiators will push for a ceasefire when talks begin with the Taliban, a top official said Sunday, signalling that the two foes could parley for a long time.

A date for the opening round of talks to be hosted in Doha has not been set, but both sides indicated that negotiations could begin soon after they wrapped up a controversial and months-long prisoner exchange last week.

The Taliban s seriousness about peace will be evident from the outset, when Kabul s negotiating team pushes for a permanent ceasefire, Vice President Amrullah Saleh said.

“The first test for the Taliban is (a) ceasefire,” Saleh told Tolo News, the country s biggest private television network.

“If they accept the ceasefire, they are committed to peace. If not, they are not.”

Saleh said the Afghan delegation would go to Doha after all logistical issues are sorted.

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