U.S. Envoy, Taliban Start New Spherical Of Afghan Peace Talks In Qatar

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Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan, is opening a brand new spherical of talks with the Taliban in Doha as Washington bids to hurry up the method to finish the 18-year battle within the war-torn nation.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha, advised the Related Press that the talks have been set to start on June 29.

The identical day, Taliban militants killed at the very least 26 pro-government militiamen in combating in northern Afghanistan.

Insurgents attacked safety posts within the Nahrin District of Baghlan Province.

A Taliban spokesman stated 28 militiamen have been killed and 12 injured, whereas a provincial police spokesman stated 26 militiamen died.

A Protection Ministry official in Kabul stated the assault indicated that the Taliban wished to barter from a place of power.

The Doha talks are anticipated to deal with figuring out a timeline for the withdrawal of overseas troops from Afghanistan and on a Taliban assure that militants won’t plot assaults from Afghan soil.

Khalilzad has held six rounds of talks with the Taliban within the Qatari capital.

The Doha assembly comes two days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Pakistan for talks geared toward drawing Islamabad’s assist in getting the Taliban to speak peace with Kabul.

Pakistan has facilitated ongoing peace talks between Washington and the Taliban, however the militant group has to this point refused to speak instantly with Kabul authorities representatives, calling them U.S. puppets.

The New York Occasions cited Afghan and Western officers as saying that, if the Taliban have been keen to satisfy instantly with the Afghan authorities, U.S. negotiators is perhaps keen to play their foremost negotiating card — providing a provisional schedule for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Ghani arrived in Islamabad a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kabul, the place he stated Washington was hopeful of reaching a peace settlement earlier than September 1.

The Taliban, pushed from energy by the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, now controls giant swaths of Afghanistan’s territory.

The New York Occasions stated it had obtained a uncommon copy of a draft Taliban structure for the group’s intentions ought to it rejoin the political course of throughout the Afghan authorities.

The 14-page doc — which the Occasions stated was confirmed by folks near the Taliban — “reveals flashes of sophistication” but in addition “deep contradictions” throughout the motion over such points of girls’s schooling, justice, and tolerance of minorities.