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U.S., Taliban Officials Resume Qatar Talks After Two-Day Break

(Last Updated On: March 2, 2019)

The United States and the Taliban representatives resumed the highest-level negotiations yet in Qatar on Saturday after a two-day pause.

Sources close to the peace negotiations told Ariana News that the U.S. officials have proposed a plan to the Taliban which upon all American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan over the next three to five years.

However, the Taliban representatives have not agreed on the plan and asked for U.S. withdrawal within six to 12 months, the sources said.

According to the sources, both sides are likely to agree on troop pullout within 12 months.

“The Americans want to leave Afghanistan within five years because they say that they have a security agreement with the Afghan government for 10 years which needs to be completed,” a source close to the peace negotiations said. 

The sources, meanwhile, noted that a preliminary draft for peace agreement has been made between the U.S. and the Taliban and that both sides are expected to approve the draft in this round of Qatar talks.  The details of the draft are not yet revealed.  

 In addition, as talks continue in Doha, the Afghan government has decided to bring changes in the combination of its negotiating team after U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had called on Kabul to form a national team.

“…there is also progress on forming a national team in Kabul ready to engage in intra-Afghan dialogue and talks with the Taliban,” Khalilzad tweeted on Feb. 28.    

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