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AAN in the Media

Afghanistan releases three Taliban militants in bid to free US and Australian hostages

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The National, 12 November 2019

In this report by the Dubai-based daily about the planned prisoner/hostage exchange between the Afghan government and the Taleban, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying:

“The prisoner/hostage swap is essential to get US-Taliban negotiations started again, after President Trump had declared them ‘dead,’ Co-Director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network Thomas Ruttig said.

“US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad needs to show something to the President, to persuade him to switch the green light on again for these talks. The release of the US and the Australian professors could be it. (…) Successful US-Taliban negotiations are the only way to get direct government-Taliban peace negotiations going, which the Taliban still refuse before a finalised agreement with the US,” Mr Ruttig explained.”