Taliban appoints co-founder Mullah Baradar to lead talks with United States

Taliban has appointed a co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as the leader of their political office in Qatar to lead talks with the United States to end the Afghan war, reported the Reuters.

Mullah Baradar, who was released from a prison in Pakistan in October last year, has been authorised to lead the political team and take decisions, two Taliban sources in Afghanistan told Reuters.

The Taliban issued a statement to announce Baradar’s appointment and a reshuffle in their team to put senior leaders into key positions as the talks with US officials gain momentum.

“This step has been taken to strengthen and properly handle the ongoing negotiations process with the United States,” the Taliban said in statement.

It was not clear whether the talks were to continue on Friday, or how soon Baradar could join the talks.

“Baradar will soon fly to Qatar. He has been given the new position be­cause the US wanted senior Tali­ban leadership to participate in peace talks,” a senior Taliban official said.

Recently, after the Afghan Taliban said that they had a meeting with the US envoy in Qatar, US  also confirmed that Zalmay Khalilzad, their envoy met them in order to end to the Afghanistan war despite a new major attack claimed by the insurgents.

A Taliban spokesman recently announced the meeting with Khalilzad, saying that the United States accepted an agenda of “ending the occupation of Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the future.”

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