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No progress after meeting between the Taliban and Massoud, according to the FNR

2022-01-14T15:42:02.134Z

The meeting Sunday in Tehran between the Taliban and the FNR of Ahmad Massoud gave birth to no concrete result due to differences...



Sunday's meeting in Tehran between the Taliban and Ahmad Massoud's FNR yielded no concrete results due to irreconcilable differences, a leader of this armed opposition movement told AFP. requirements before any resumption of discussions.

In an interview with AFP Thursday, January 13 in Paris, the head of external relations of the National Resistance Front (FNR) Ali Maisam Nazary confirmed that "

informal talks

" had been held in Iran between a delegation of his movement and the Taliban.

Read also Commander Massoud's son met with a Taliban delegation in Iran

"

There was a brief meeting between the head of their delegation (Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, editor's note) and Commander Massoud

" on Sunday, reported Ali Maisam Nazary, which the Taliban had announced on Monday, without elaborating on the content of the discussions.

Informal talks

” were then held for “

two to three hours

” between the Taliban delegation and the head of the FNR delegation, Ismail Khan, added Ali Maisam Nazary, specifying that Ahmad Massoud had not participated.

“Continue” the fight

A feared warlord based in Herat, the capital of western Afghanistan, Ismail Khan said he wanted to resist the Taliban at all costs last summer as insurgents took over the country.

But they had captured him by seizing Herat, then released him.

He has since joined the ranks of the FNR, a resistance movement to the Taliban launched by Ahmad Massoud, the son of the legendary commander Ahmad Shah Massoud - assassinated in 2001 by al-Qaeda -, in Panchir, a province less than 100 kilometers from Kabul.

Read alsoAfghanistan: the Taliban approve their first budget, without international aid

Lacking sufficient arms and foreign support, the FNR, which presents itself as the last democratic bulwark inside Afghanistan, however collapsed against the fundamentalists in September after they had conquered Kabul . Ahmad Massoud, whose father remains associated by part of the population with the bloody struggle between mujahideen after the departure of the Soviets, was however not captured. He promised to “

continue

” the fight, without obtaining further outside help.

The talks in Tehran “

did not yield results

”, observed Ali Maisam Nazary.

Our definition of an inclusive government is different from theirs: they said 'we will give you ministerial positions in the government, embassies, but the political system will not change'

”.

"

We were not at all on the same wavelength, they were reluctant to change their mentality

", continued Ali Maisam Nazary, whose movement according to him agreed to meet the Taliban after five months of refusal. on the recommendation of “

regional countries

”.

“True Inclusive Government”

The head of foreign relations of the FNR affirmed that his movement currently controlled "

60% of Panchir

" and was present in "

seven provinces

" in Afghanistan, which AFP is unable to verify. The FNR has regular forces of "

at least 4,000

" men and conducts a guerrilla strategy against the Taliban, "

essentially night raids and lightning attacks

", he said. In Tehran, the FNR delegation presented four demands to the Taliban, according to Ali Maisam Nazary: "

a change in the political system that allows a better sharing of power between the different ethnic groups in Afghanistan

" with a view to "

a truly inclusive government

".

We then believe that any future government must be a democracy and come from the ballot box and elections

”, which the Taliban refuse, reported Ali Maisam Nazary.

The "

rights of women and human rights

" must also be respected, because "

what is happening today in the country is unacceptable

", he insisted.

Last request: “

the Taliban must withdraw from regions where they have no support on the ground

”.

"

If these demands are met, we will be open to formal negotiations

" with the fundamentalists, said Ali Maisam Nazary.

Read alsoIn Afghanistan, the Taliban unable to bring order and justice

During Sunday's talks, the Taliban minister assured Ahmad Massoud and Ismail Khan that they could return to Afghanistan without fear.

We don't need them to tell us when and how to return

” to Afghanistan, Ali Maisam Nazary reacted on Thursday.

We are able to return to our country whenever we wish, the Taliban do not own Afghanistan, and Ahmad Massoud enters and leaves Afghanistan

,” he continued.

Ismail Khan is in Iran and Commander Massoud travels, he goes to many places, which cannot be specified for his own safety

”.

Source: lefigaro

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