The success of the US-brokered peace pact in Afghanistan is dependent on a prisoner swap between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The Taliban has said they will no longer take part in these "fruitless meetings."
The Taliban broke off talks over a prisoner exchange with the Afghan government Tuesday. The exchange was a key step in the peace talks brokered by the US after it agreed a troop withdrawal pact with the militant group.
The Taliban's technical team would no longer participate in "fruitless meetings," spokesman Suhail Shaheen wrote on Twitter shortly after midnight on Tuesday.
"Unfortunately, their release has been delayed under one pretext or another," he wrote. "Therefore, our technical team will not participate in fruitless meetings starting from tomorrow."