Taliban Puts Condition For Resumption of Peace Talks


Islamabad: The Taliban has presented a list of conditions needed for restarting peace talks aimed at putting an end to its 15-year terror war.

The group’s demands include the release of prisoners, the removal of its members from a UN blacklist freezing their assets, the lifting of a travel ban on its leaders, and formal political recognition, RT reported.

These are “among the preliminary steps needed for peace,” the Taliban said in a statement. “Without them, progress towards peace is not feasible,” the statement added.

The first formal talks with the Taliban collapsed last year after it emerged that the group’s leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who sanctioned the negotiations, had been killed two years previously.