KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. and Taliban officers selected Saturday to place their ongoing peace talks on maintain for 2 days to permit for a gathering between rival Afghan teams to be held in Qatar, Taliban and U.S. officers mentioned.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks throughout a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
The warring sides began a seventh spherical of peace talks final week, aiming to hammer out a schedule for the withdrawal of international troops in alternate for Taliban ensures that worldwide militant teams is not going to use Afghanistan as a base for launching assaults.
The U.S. peace envoy main talks with the Taliban to finish the conflict in Afghanistan mentioned the newest spherical of discussions have been the “best session” thus far.
In a tweet, Zalmay Khalilzad mentioned substantive progress had been made on all 4 components of a peace deal: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and a everlasting and complete ceasefire.
“There may be nonetheless vital work left to be finished earlier than now we have an settlement,” he mentioned, including the continuing peace talks will resume on July 9 after the intra-Afghan dialogue.
An settlement on the timetable has been elusive thus far, however in an indication of progress the Taliban agreed on the sidelines of the peace talks to carry separate discussions with a gaggle of Afghan delegates.
U.S. officers are demanding a ceasefire settlement and on direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities earlier than a peace deal is finalised.
Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political workplace in Qatar’s capital, Doha, mentioned the U.S.-Taliban dialogue would resume after the two-day intra-Afghan convention.
A beforehand deliberate assembly between Afghan representatives in April collapsed earlier than it began amid disagreement over the dimensions of the proposed 250-strong Afghan delegation in addition to over its standing as a consultant physique.
This time, about 40 high-profile Afghan figures and activists will fly to Doha however is not going to have any official standing — a situation made obligatory by the Taliban’s refusal to deal instantly with the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.
A senior Taliban official, talking on situation of anonymity, mentioned guaranteeing the safety of the rights of girls and minorities can be mentioned within the Doha talks, which have been facilitated by German and Qatari officers.
Regardless of intensified diplomatic efforts to finish the 18-year lengthy conflict in Afghanistan, lethal violence has surged throughout the nation.
Final week, the Taliban claimed a truck bomb assault in Kabul that killed six folks and wounded 105 civilians, lots of them youngsters.
Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain in Kabul and Jibran Ahmed in Peshawar; Enhancing by Helen Popper