KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. and Taliban officials made up our minds on Saturday to place their ongoing peace talks on preserve for two days to allow for a assembly between rival Afghan groups to be held in Qatar, Taliban and U.S. officials acknowledged.
The warring sides began a seventh spherical of peace talks closing week, aiming to hammer out a agenda for the withdrawal of foreign troops in change for Taliban ensures that world militant groups will no longer utilize Afghanistan as a harmful for launching assaults.
The U.S. peace envoy main talks with the Taliban to entire the warfare in Afghanistan acknowledged doubtlessly the most recent spherical of discussions were the “finest session” to this level.
In a tweet, Zalmay Khalilzad acknowledged substantive progress had been made on all four parts of a peace deal: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and a permanent and entire ceasefire.
“There would possibly possibly be aloof crucial work left to be performed sooner than now we possess an agreement,” he acknowledged, adding the continuing peace talks will resume on July 9 after the intra-Afghan dialogue.
An agreement on the timetable has been elusive to this level, but in a designate of progress the Taliban agreed on the sidelines of the peace talks to preserve separate discussions with a neighborhood of Afghan delegates.
U.S. officials are annoying a ceasefire agreement and on enlighten talks between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities sooner than a peace deal is finalised.
Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political enviornment of enterprise in Qatar’s capital, Doha, acknowledged the U.S.-Taliban dialogue would resume after the two-day intra-Afghan conference.
A beforehand planned assembly between Afghan representatives in April collapsed sooner than it began amid disagreement over the size of the proposed 250-solid Afghan delegation besides over its residence as a handbook body.
This time, about 40 excessive-profile Afghan figures and activists will fly to Doha but will no longer possess any legit residence — a condition made mandatory by the Taliban’s refusal to deal straight away with the Western-backed authorities in Kabul.
A senior Taliban legit, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged ensuring the protection of the rights of girls folk and minorities would possibly possibly well possibly be discussed within the Doha talks, which were facilitated by German and Qatari officials.
No matter intensified diplomatic efforts to entire the 18-year prolonged warfare in Afghanistan, deadly violence has surged across the nation.
Closing week, the Taliban claimed a truck bomb attack in Kabul that killed six folks and wounded 105 civilians, hundreds of them adolescents.
Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain in Kabul and Jibran Ahmed in Peshawar; Editing by Helen Popper