The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad who has ended up another round of talks with the Taliban delegation in Qatar said on Thursday that the two sides made “steady but slow progress” on the draft agreement prepared in the last round of talks.
After the sixth round of talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital of Qatar ended late on Thursday, Khalilzad said in a tweet that the two sides are getting into the “nitty-gritty.”
“We made steady but slow progress on aspects of the framework for ending the Afghan war. We are getting into the ‘nitty-gritty.’ The devil is always in the details,” he said.
Khalilzad added that the current pace of talks is not sufficient when so much conflict rages and innocent people die.
“We need more and faster progress. Our proposal for all sides to reduce violence also remains on the table,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban insurgent group said in a statement on Thursday that this round of talks was “positive” and “productive” since the two sides have listened to each other with care and patience.
The sixth round of Doha talks began on the 1st of May.
In October, U.S. and Taliban agreed in a draft on withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in return for a Taliban guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used by militants to threaten the U.S. and the world.