The US envoy and chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad has claimed to made real strides at the end of the last round of marathon discussions in Doha, Qatar. Zalmay looks optimistic after the conclusion of talks. It seems that some sorts of headway has been made during the 16 days long talks.
Zalmay made four tweets to explain his position. He tweeted“Just finished a marathon round of talks with the Taliban in #Doha. The conditions for #peace have improved. It’s clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides.”
In his second tweet, he said “When the agreement in draft about a withdrawal timeline and effective counter terrorism measures is finalized, the Taliban and other Afghan, including the government, will begin intra-Afghan negotiations on a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire”.
In the third tweet, he said “My next step is discussions in Washington and consultations with other partners. We will meet again soon, and there is no final agreement until everything is agreed”.
The talks focused on the withdrawal of US troops and assurances that insurgents would not use Afghanistani territory to stage future attacks.
On the other hand, a Taliban spokesman said that “Progress was achieved regarding both these issues. “For now, both sides will deliberate over the achieved progress, share it with their respective leaderships and prepare for the upcoming meeting.”
No dates were given yet when the next round of negotiations will take place. The negotiations continued for 16 days, which is thought to be the longest consecutive discussions held between both sides. No further details so far provided from the both sides.
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23 March, 2019