U.S. and Taliban negotiators concluded their longest round of peace discussions on 12th March with breakthrough made but no compromise on when foreign troops might pull out, according to the officials from both ends.
The 16 days of discussion, in which the United States also wanted affirmation that the Taliban won’t allow rebel groups to use Afghanistan as a platform to carry out attacks. It is being assumed that the dialogue might resume in late March.
The discussions in Doha, Qatar consisted of the Taliban’s political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and a U.S. team led by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
Khalilzad, an Afghan-born veteran U.S. diplomat, stated that both sides made advancement on talks about counter-terrorism assertion and a troop pullout from Afghanistan.
He stated that the conditions for peace have become better. Its evident all sides want to bring an end to the war. Regardless of ups and downs, things were kept on track and made real progress.
The Taliban have convened multiple rounds of peace discussions with the American team headed by Khalilzad but have so far declined to discuss with the Afghan government.
When the accord in draft about a pullout timeline and effectual counter-terrorism measures is concluded, the Taliban and other Afghans, which includes the government, will strat intra-Afghan discussions on a political settlement and comprehensive armistice.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman stated that the sides made advancements on the issues of pullout of foreign forces and averting future assaults on other nations from Afghanistan.
However, in a statement, he emphasized that no deal was reached on a truce or dialogue with the Afghan government.
A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted that he wished to witness a longstanding truce agreement and the start of direct discussions between the government and Taliban very soon.
The discussions were held in a segregated banquet hall at the five-star Ritz-Carlton seaside hotel on the southern end of Doha.
Since 2013, Qatar has hosted the Taliban’s political office and has looked into position itself as an important regional player for a solution to the conflict.