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Taliban, US reps to meet again after two-day break

Taliban, US reps to meet again after two-day break

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Feb 28, 2019 - 10:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After consultations with their respective bosses, US and Talibaninfo-icon representatives will resume peace talks in Doha on Saturday.

During two days of meetings in Qatar, technical groups from both sides conferred on a timetable for foreign forces from Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said extensive discussions were held on a mechanism for foreign troops’ withdrawal with US representatives on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The meetings ended last night when both teams agreed to take a break today and tomorrow to prepare for the third meeting, which will be held on Saturday,” he said in a statement

Mullahinfo-icon Baradar met Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdul Rahman al-Thani, US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and NATOinfo-icon commander Scott Miller.

Late on Wednesday, a Taliban official said the negotiators also discussed guarantees from the militant outfit that they would not allow terrorists to use Afghan territory for attacks against other nations.

Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwah hailed negotiations with the US delegation -- led by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad -- as "good and they are heading in the right direction."

A pro-Taliban media organisation quoted him as saying: "We now have a break in the dialogue for two days to allow each side to conduct internal consultations.”

Following advice from their respective leaders, the negotiators from both sides would again sit down for talks on reaching an agreement on the two issues.

For its part, the US has over and over again tied a troop withdrawal plan to a Taliban ceasefire and direct talks between the militant group and the government in Kabul.

Khalilzad is leading the US delegation, with Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai heading Taliban negotiators.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, new head of Taliban’s political office in Qatar, is also in Doha. His presence is viewed as helpful for concrete discussions.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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