Resumption of negotiations between the US and the Taliban in Qatar. The United States and the Taliban resumed talks Saturday in Doha, seeking an agreement to withdraw US troops deployed in Afghanistan after 18 years of conflict.
Negotiations between the US and the Taliban in Qatar
“Negotiations began in the afternoon,” said a US source familiar with the talks, which began Thursday.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shahin said that:
Negotiations between the Americans and Taliban insurgents were to continue on Friday.
As, The two sides had decided to postpone them until Saturday, citing “other commitments.”
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shahin told AFP:
“We have made progress (Thursday) and we are now discussing the implementation mechanism and some technical points.
“The agreement will be concluded when we agree on these points.”
He added that the agreement will present to the media and representatives of neighboring countries of Afghanistan, in addition to China, Russia, and the United Nations.
What does the agreement is supposed to provide?
The agreement supposed to provide for the withdrawal of 13,000 US troops from Afghanistan with a timetable. This is a basic demand of the Taliban, which in return will pledge not to allow the use of territory controlled by the “terrorist” organizations.
The agreement also expected to provide for a ceasefire between insurgents and the Americans or at least
- “a reduction in violence”
That would be a historic deal 18 years after the US invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban from power in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Hopes of Washington:
Washington hopes to reach a peace deal with the Taliban by September 1.
A head of Afghan elections scheduled for the same month and the US presidential election in 2020.
So, The Taliban confirmed on Saturday that they had killed seven US military personnel in an attack on a convoy near Bagram air base north of Kabul.
A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Sonny Leggett, said that:
The attack damaged some shops but denied there were casualties among US or coalition forces.
“Rather than assume their responsibilities and apologize for the damage they are inflicting on innocent Afghans and their shops, the Taliban is lying about the attack,” he told AFP.
The Pentagon said that:
Two US soldiers killed Wednesday by small arms fire in the northern state of Faryab.