u.s.-taliban talks resume

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afghanistan times

may 6, 2019

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KABUL: Peace negotiation between US and Taliban members have
entered to its sixth round in Doha of Qatar with four conservative days of
talks ended Sunday; the talks did not hold on Monday on the account of the
first day of Ramadan. The talks will resume today (Tuesday), as fresh spate of
violence grips the country in different fronts including the recent attack on
police headquarters in Pule-e-Khumir city of northern Baghlan province on Sunday
afternoon.

Taliban Qatar office spokesman Sohail Shaheen on his twitter
account said that due to holiday on the first Ramadan their talks were
suspended for a day. He said the talks would resume on Tuesday.

Taking advantage of the break, Khalilzad flew to India to
discuss the Afghan peace process with Indian officials, Pajhwok Afghan News
reported.

Shaheen said in the ongoing round they would try to reach an
agreement on a timeline for withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and
the war on terrorism. He said an agreement on the withdrawal of foreign forces
was essential before discussing other issues.

Earlier, Khalilzad had also said they were inching closer to
an agreement on the two topics, but added nothing would be agreed until all
topics were agreed upon.

Peace talks between U.S. negotiators and Taliban
representatives in Doha, Qatar, have been interrupted to mark the beginning of
Ramadan.

Shaheen told a foreign news agency late Sunday that talks
hit an impasse over when foreign forces would depart Afghanistan.

Washington is demanding that militants establish security
guarantees, a cease-fire, and make other commitments including an
“intra-Afghan” dialogue with the Kabul government and other Afghan
representatives before agreeing to any withdrawal.

The Taliban have said they would not take any of these steps
until the United States announces a withdrawal timeline.

‘Currently, the negotiations are in a good phase and they
are moving in the right direction,’ said Assadullah Zahiri, a spokesman for High
Peace Council, a body which conducts peace efforts in country-level under the
Afghan government.

Sources familiar with Doha talks said the gap is narrowing
between the US delegation and the Taliban members on issues around foreign
forces withdrawal and counterterrorism assurances. The sources said the two
sides have managed to overcome the ‘stalemate’ on a timeline for troop
withdrawal at this stage.

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