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Afghanistan talks: bitter foes with incompatible goals

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AFP/Macau Business, 11 September 2020

AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted here on the forthcoming Afghan peace negotiations, saying that

The peace talks “are clearly driven by a US desire to disengage from Afghanistan,” said Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“The main goal for the US is to leave, or to leave without leaving behind a bigger mess.” (…)

It remains to be seen whether the Taliban agreed for talks just to minimise the presence of their main enemy, the Americans, Clark said.

Whereas “for Kabul, they are just delaying (the whole process). They would rather the US troops stayed,” she added.

“The parties to the conflict have got to have the same goal, which is peace… I fear that’s not really the case this time.”