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Taliban warns against altering Qatar peace deal

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands after signing the peace agreement between US, Taliban, in Doha, Qatar on 29 February 2020. [Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency]
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands after signing the peace agreement between US, Taliban, in Doha, Qatar on 29 February 2020. [Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency]

The Taliban movement yesterday called on the United States to adhere to the peace agreement which was signed last year in the Qatari capital Doha, warning that any attempt to alter its terms would lead to the "failure of peace".

"The Doha agreement has created a practical framework for bringing peace and security to Afghanistan. If any other pathway is pursued as a replacement, then it is already doomed to failure," the movement said in a statement in commemoration of the deal's first anniversary.

It stressed on its adherence to what the group described as a "historic deal", calling on Washington "to honour its part to maintain peace."

The group also renewed its demands for the release of its remaining prisoners as well as its removal from the United Nations blacklist, adding that the latter would "speed up direct peace negotiations between the Afghans."

On 29 February 2020, Qatar mediated a deal between the US and the Taliban. Under its terms, Washington agreed to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan in 14 months in return for a prisoner swap between the two rivals.

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