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Qatar Talks Enter 12th Day; ‘Extensive’ Discussions Continue

DOHA – The fifth round of peace talks between the US negotiators and the Taliban members entered 12th day on Friday with Taliban saying in a statement that “extensive” discussions are ongoing about the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.
The statement says that the Afghanistan issue has two dimensions, internal and external and that the discussions are ongoing on the external dimension.
The discussions are mostly focusing on troop withdrawal as well as counter-terrorism efforts, the statement said.
The statement added that, so far, the internal dimension of the war has not been discussed with the US negotiators.
On March 6, an official of the US Department of State said the ongoing talks in Qatar are focusing on four key issues and that both sides are trying to reach a final agreement.
The four key issues are post-peace deal counterterrorism efforts, intra-Afghans talks, US forces withdrawal and ceasefire, said Robert Palladino, a spokesperson for the US Department of State.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that he might visit Qatar to give a helping hand in the Afghan peace talks.
“I am hoping he (Khalilzad) makes enough progress, and I can travel there in a couple of weeks and help move it along a little bit myself,” Pompeo said.
Recently, Mullah Abdul Manan Omari, sibling of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the founder of Taliban has joined Qatar talks.
(Sahar News)

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