The Guardian, 29 November 2019
Some quotes by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig about Trump’s announcement of new US negotiations with the Taleban in Emma Graham-Harrison’s article:
“I have the impression that the contacts were never fully cut off,” said Thomas Ruttig, the co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network.
“The message from the Americans was: the Taliban need to give a few more concessions, and the prisoners/hostages swap … was discussed in this context. So the release was a sign of the Taliban’s interest to start talking again.” (…)
Talks with the US were “the only way Afghans can get to direct Taliban-Kabul peace talks, as long as the Taliban reject talking with Kabul before an agreement with the US”, Ruttig said.
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020