The United States and representatives of the radical Islamic Taliban have converged in the most recent round of talks in the Gulf Emirate of Qatar, obviously. After six days of talks, the US delegation head Zalmay Khalilzad wrote in the short message service Twitter that the Meetings had been more productive than in the past. “We have made significant issues, significant progress,” said Khalilzad.

He wanted to rebuild it, and the talks soon. There is definitely to solve several problems. “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” wrote Khalilzad. This includes an intra-Afghan dialogue between the government and the Taliban, and a comprehensive ceasefire. Khalilzad claimed to want to now to Kabul for further consultations travel. According to the media, the speech was a report earlier in Taliban circles of progress.

The fifth round of talks between Taliban representatives and Washington since July of 2018 began on Monday. The U.S. state Department announced on Tuesday that Khalilzad had gone to two-day conference in Doha. A day earlier, the Taliban had declared that a new round of Negotiations had begun with the United States.

change of course in Washington

The US envoy had already met several times with Taliban representatives, although this was not confirmed by Washington officially. According to the Taliban should be discussed in the talks now of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. In addition, it should be clarified how it can be prevented that Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorists and the country from other countries will be attacked.

Since the summer of last year, the United States intensify efforts to solve the protracted conflict in Afghanistan through negotiations. After a political change of course in Washington began direct talks with the Taliban.

Before it had declared the United States will always be, the Taliban should negotiate with the Afghan government, a peace process must be Afghan-led. The United States stressed, however, their talks should lead to direct talks between the Taliban and the government in Kabul. The Taliban rejected this so far, and Kabul called it a “puppet regime”.


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