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Taliban won’t agree on truce until political accord: Khalilzad

Taliban won’t agree on truce until political accord: Khalilzad

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Sep 26, 2020 - 17:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon will not accept a permanent ceasefire until there is a political settlement in Afghanistaninfo-icon, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Peace Process Zalmay Khalilzad has said.

Talking to a US television, Khalilzad said the Taliban were trying to wait until a political settlement was reached and will announce ceasefire after a general agreement.

However, earlier Khalilzad had repeatedly said that the US-Taliban agreement would be signed on the condition of a ceasefire in Afghanistan but it did not happen.

Referring to the formation of an interim government, the US envoy said the Taliban and the Afghan government delegations will discuss the issue during their talks in Doha.

He said it was the first time that the Afghans got together to reach a political agreement and pave the ground for foreign forces’ exit.

He termed this an unprecedented development for the Afghans as he recalled during the withdrawal of Soviet Union forces from Afghanistan, the Afghans did not get together to discuss political future of their country.

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