Tuesday 25 February 2020, 08:45 PM
US, Taliban yet to agree on a number of points: Sources
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 12/10/2019 12:43:44 PM
US, Taliban yet to agree on a number of points: Sources

Doha/Kabul: Sources close to the ongoing US-Taliban peace talks in Doha have said that the two sides were yet to agree on a number of points including the reduction of violence, a ceasefire and intra-Afghan negotiations.The talks began on December 7 and were being carried out behind closed doors in the Qatari capital, reports TOLO News.

The sources said on Monday that the Taliban still considered the ceasefire agreement as a premature decision and that they have so far agreed to sign the deal only with the US.If signed, the Taliban will agree not to attack US bases within a distance of 10 km, they added.

Meanwhile, a former Taliban commander Sayed Akbar Agha said: "The agreement is almost final. Only a few issues remain that the two sides are discussing and ceasefire is one of them." A spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's Office said that Kabul and Washington were coordinating on the peace talks.

"The reduction of violence, agreeing to a ceasefire, forming an inclusive delegation for negotiations and starting intra-Afghan negotiations are the common demands of us and our allies," he added.The latest round of talks began after US President Donald Trump in September abruptly called them off after a Taliban attack in Kabul killed an American soldier.

US Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has been leading the US delegation in the talks for over a year, reports Efe news.Before flying to Qatar for the peace talks, Khalilzad held a series of meetings with Afghan leaders and politicians, including President Ashraf Ghani, in Kabul.

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