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Taliban deputy chief arrives in Qatar for talks with US

Highest-level Talks Between Taliban, US Resume Today

KABUL – Peace talks between an expanded team of Taliban negotiators and a US delegation led by special representative Zalmay Khalilzad are set to resume in Doha today (Monday).
Sohail Shaheen, spokesperson for Taliban’s political office in Qatar, told a Pakistani newspaper the talks would be followed by meetings of two joint working committees.
The committees would draw up plans for the withdrawal of foreign troops and preventing Afghanistan from being used again for terrorist attacks, Daily Times quoted Shaheen as saying.
The Taliban’s supreme leader has named a 14-member team for negotiations with the US, including six members from the powerful decision-making leadership council.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who leads Taliban’s political commission, also heads the movement’s political bureau in Qatar. Baradar will lead the Taliban delegation.
About marathon negotiations held so far in Qatar, Shaheen said: “We talked about a complete withdrawal of foreign forces, which is an important thing for us. The second issue was related to US concerns that Afghan soil should not be used for terrorism against them.”
In the last round of talks on Jan 21-26, Shaheen recalled, they had agreed on setting up working groups. “So, we are satisfied in the sense that we will be now working to implement it. We will make progress in the next round.”
On Sunday, Baradar arrived in Qatar for the negotiations on Sunday.
(Sahar News)

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