The United States and Taliban representatives on Wednesday (May 10 began a new round of peace talks in Qatar , aimed at securing a lasting peace agreement in Afghanistan.
The US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who led the US delegation, has said the talks will ultimately focus on troops withdrawal; guarantees against terrorism; talks between the Taliban and the American-supported government of Afghanistan to establish a path toward political settlement; and a lasting cease-fire.
Earlier an initial attempt for an “intra-Afghan dialogue” – due to take place last month in Doha – collapsed at the last minute amid bickering over the lengthy list of delegates Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wanted to send.
The United States on Friday (April 27) agreed with rivals Russia on China on a goal of withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan, a key component of a peace deal being negotiated by Washington. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy negotiating with the Taliban, met with Russian and Chinese representatives in Moscow as he seeks international consensus for his efforts to end the war.
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