AAN in Media

Afghanistan’s road to peace still full of obstacles


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.

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