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U.S. Taliban Talks Recommence in Doha

Published Nov 25, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

United States and the Afghan Taliban have reportedly commenced talks in Doha Qatar though there is no publicity being given to avoid controversy.

After US President Donald Trump announced on a Fox News Show that his government was holding talks with the Taliban, confirmation has come from other quarters as well.

US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News that the US is “working on an agreement now with the Taliban.” “Let’s see what happens,” he added. 

“The talks right now are underway secretly and I think that they are in favor of Afghanistan,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander now based in Kabul. “Based on my information, official negotiations are not underway like they were in the past.”

Afghan Presidential Palace said Washington is engaged in discussions with the Taliban in consultation with the Afghan government.

“This time, we are in agreement in the sense that our goals and priorities for peace are completely clear, with issues like a reduction of violence which will result in a ceasefire, and, ultimately, the start of direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” said presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi as per Tolonews.

“This time a ceasefire should be discussed. The intensity in the conflict will affect the peace process,” said Haji Din Mohammad, deputy head of the High Peace Council in Kabul.

The resumption of talks may be officially announced next week, but there is also a possibility of collapse of negotiation any time as the US has not been committed to its promises.

The optimism for peace has grown once again after the Afghan government released three Taliban commanders in return for the two American University instructors, who have been abducted and taken hostage since 2016 by the Taliban militants.