The Taliban has announced that it is unwilling to deal with the new Afghan Government negotiating team approved on March 26. The team is composed of former officials, politicians, and members of civilian society. The Taliban stated to Al Jeezera they would not negotiate with the group because it did not include, "all Afghan factions."
Since the United States and Taliban signed a deal in Doha on February 29, there has been little progress made in talks between the Taliban and Afghan Government. The deal called for all coalition forces to withdraw within 14 months as long as security and peace requirements were met by both the Taliban and Afghan Government. If the disagreements between both sides continue to mount, as well as squabbling within the Afghan Government, this round of negotiations may permanently break down and a notable increase in fighting may occur.
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