The Taliban on Wednesday (Feb 6) after extraordinary two-day peace talks in Moscow termed peace talks with Afghan Politicians as “ successful” and in a joint statement issued after the negotiations, said that Taliban and Afghan politicians have agreed on complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. They also agreed to support peace talks in Doha with American negotiators.
No government official was invited to the meeting and it was the second time that President Ashraf Ghani were kept out of such talks. Former President Hamid Karzai led the group of about 40 politicians from Afghanistan. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, who headed the 10-member Taliban delegation from the insurgent group’s Qatar office attended the conference under the leadership of their chief negotiator.
“This meeting was very successful,” Taliban official told reporters. “We agreed on many points and I am hopeful that in future, we can succeed more further, and finally we can reach a solution. We can find a complete peace in Afghanistan.” All parties agreed to support the Doha peace talks with American negotiators that President Donald Trump described on Tuesday as “constructive”.
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18 February, 2019