Afghan president to offer Taliban second olive branch
World leaders will gather in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, tomorrow to discuss the prospects for peace in Afghanistan. The two-day conference will be attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, representatives from the UN and EU and high-ranking officials from 25 other countries, including Pakistan and the U.S.
The Tashkent conference follows a February meeting in Kabul prompted by an open letter to the U.S. from Taliban leadership proposing a renewed dialogue. President Ghani extended the Tailban an olive branch, offering to hold peace talks without preconditions and to grant a ceasefire, prisoner swap, and even passports.
Sahar Khan is a visiting research fellow in the Cato Institute's Defense and Foreign Policy Department.