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Khalilzad Visits Kabul to Consult on Talks with Taliban

KABUL – US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to consult with Afghanistan’s president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar.
With Khalilzad and his boss US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as Taliban officials, hailing development toward ending America’s longest war, he must now win over President Ghani – whose government the Taliban have so far kept out of the process.
Six days of negotiations ended in Qatar on Saturday with key parts of a draft pact mapped out, including an 18-month timeline for the withdrawal of US troops after the completion of a deal, according to Taliban officials.
The draft also includes assurances from the hardline Islamic group that it will not allow Afghanistan to be used by al-Qaeda and Daesh to attack the Washington and its allies – a core US demand. Similar assurances involving other groups are given to Islamabad in the draft pact.
The Taliban also want to be part of an interim government after any peace treaty, Taliban sources said.
It was not clear whether the draft described by the Taliban sources was acceptable to two parties or when it could be completed and signed.
A fresh round of negotiations between Khalilzad and the Taliban is expected to take place on February 25 in Doha, two senior Taliban sources said.
While he has not been directly involved up until now, Afghan government role is likely to grow as a full deal gets closer and diplomacy intensifies.
Without going into detail on Saturday night, US special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Khalilzad said in tweets that nothing could be agreed without an intra-Afghan dialogue and a full ceasefire.
The Taliban now control about half of Afghanistan’s territory and Ghani said in Switzerland last week that 45,000 members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) had been killed since he took office in 2014.
(Sahar News)

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