DOHA: The sixth round of talks between the US and the Taliban delegates entered second day in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday where the two sides reportedly discussed some key issues including a timeframe for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, assurance that Afghanistan’s territory will not be used as a threat against other nations following a peace agreement, a potential ceasefire, and intra-Afghan talks.
Meanwhile, in Kabul, the Grand Consultative Jirga on Peace is underway for the 4th day where Afghans from various regions of the country are exchanging views on the prospects of peace in the country.
The Afghan government has expected the US to convince the Taliban to endorse direct talks with it.
On Wednesday, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, Qatar, according to a statement released by the group’s spokesman.
The two sides exchanged views on a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan, the statement said.
In this meeting, Baradar clarified that there is a need to finalize the two important agendas of the previous meeting which include the “complete” withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan and the assurance that Afghanistan’s soil will not be used against others, the statement added.
“Today, four topics will be discussed, including a ceasefire, intra-Afghan talks, a timeframe for the withdrawal of foreign forces and the assurance that Afghanistan’s soil will not be used as a threat against the US,” said Mawlawi Abdul Shakoor Mateen, a former Taliban member.