On January 24th 2019, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan released a statement related to the ongoing negotiations with the United States. Below is the statement.
“In accordance with the decree issued by the Leader of Islamic Emirate, the esteemed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been appointed as the deputy of the Leader in Political Affairs and the chief of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate.
This step has been taken to strengthen and properly handle the ongoing negotiations process with the United States.
With the appointment of the esteemed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the negotiation team of the Islamic Emirate will continue their talks with the United States and will not bring about any change.
In concert with the appointment of Mullah Baradar Akhund, multiple changes have also taken place in the military and civilian departments of the Islamic Emirate so that the ongoing Jihadi process and political efforts can develop positively.
Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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