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Social distancing and the Taliban

Could the Covid-19 outbreak jeopardise the Afghan peace process?

By Emily Winterbotham  

Taliban fighters in in Laghman Province. Photo: Wali Sabawoon/NurPhoto/PA Images

As parts of the world ground to a halt to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Afghan peace process took a step forward with an initial prisoner exchange between the Taliban and the Afghan government in early-mid April. Progress in the peace process is essential to ensure that the momentum generated by the 29th February deal between the Taliban and the US government is not lost and to help Afghanistan cope with the global health crisis. Covid-19 could prove devastating…

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