Taliban Hopeful For ‘Consequence’ in Afghan Peace Talks With U.S.
Ayaz Gul – VOA Information
The Taliban and the US are each mentioned to be making “severe efforts” to conclude a draft textual content of their newest spherical of peace negotiations in Qatar that might lay the bottom for locating a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan.
Afghan-born American diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, is main the U.S. crew of negotiators within the ongoing seventh spherical of talks within the practically year-long dialogue between the 2 adversaries within the 18 years of conflict.
The discussions with American interlocutors to hammer out the deal continued “uninterrupted” for nearly 12 hours on the opening day on Saturday, mentioned Suhail Shaheen, who speaks for the Taliban’s negotiating crew. U.S and Taliban negotiators are nonetheless engaged on the draft settlement, he informed VOA on Sunday.
“Each side try to make this spherical conclusively productive, and hopefully there could be an final result,” Shaheen mentioned. He added that the discussions are anticipated to proceed into the subsequent a number of days.
“I believe, to date it’s going properly,” Shaheen famous.
The U.S.-Taliban talks have primarily centered on ensures the Taliban won’t enable insurgent-controlled Afghan territory for use for worldwide terrorism, and in return U.S.-led NATO troops will withdraw from Afghanistan.
“We’ve made actual progress and are practically able to conclude a draft textual content outlining the Taliban’s commitments to affix fellow Afghans in making certain that Afghan soil by no means once more turns into a secure haven for terrorists,” mentioned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo throughout final week’s go to to Kabul.
Pompeo famous discussions relating to overseas navy presence in Afghanistan have additionally taken place with the rebel group. “And whereas we’ve made clear to the Taliban that we’re ready to take away our forces, I need to be clear we’ve not but agreed on a timeline to take action,” he burdened.
All sides agree that finalizing a U.S.-Taliban understanding on terrorism and overseas troop presence will open door to inter-Afghan peace negotiations, mentioned Pompeo.
U.S. chief negotiator Khalilzad has made it clear repeatedly that his crew is in search of a complete take care of the Taliban that might additionally bind the insurgents to completely stop hostilities and have interaction in a proper dialogue with fellow Afghans for sustainable peace within the nation.
The Taliban maintains it’s going to talk about ceasefire and take part in Afghan to Afghan peace talks solely after securing a troop withdrawal settlement with Washington.
No Let Up in Afghan Violence
The peace talks in Qatar come because the Taliban has intensified battlefield assaults in Afghanistan, killing scores of presidency safety forces over the previous two days.
Fierce clashes had been ongoing in southern Kandahar province after insurgents assaulted the border district of Marouf late on Saturday. Provincial police chief Tadeen Khan informed VOA the assault “killed and injured a lot of safety personnel.”
The offensive additionally killed eight contract staff of the Afghan Unbiased Election Fee, officers mentioned.
For its half, the rebel group claimed that its fighters killed practically 60 Afghan safety forces and captured eleven others within the assault on the district.
The raid began with a Taliban suicide bomber exploding his explosives-packed U.S.-made Humvee navy automobile, the Taliban mentioned in a press release. It claimed that rebel fighters overran the district headquarters, although police chief Khan rejected the declare. Unbiased verification of claims made by both aspect couldn’t be ascertained.
The insurgents additionally attacked navy posts in northern Kunduz province on the border with Tajikistan, reportedly killing greater than a dozen safety forces.