The United States and the Taliban representatives have taken a two-day break after three days of “productive” talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar, expected to regroup on Saturday.
The U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar began their most detailed and high-level discussions yet on foreign troop withdrawals and counter-terrorism on Tuesday.
However, both sides have taken a two-day break after three “solid” days of talks.
“Emerging from three solid days of talks with the Taliban in Doha. Meetings were productive. We continue to take slow, steady steps toward understanding and eventually peace,” Khalilzad tweeted.
“Both sides will take the next two days for internal deliberations, with plans to regroup on Saturday. All four key issues remain on the table,” he added.
Earlier, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the pause, adding the insurgents were “committed to the current peace process along with peace.”
In his last visit to Kabul, Khalilzad had called on the Afghan government to form a national team to engage in talks with the Taliban.
“As talks continue in Doha, there is also progress on forming a national team in Kabul ready to engage in intra-Afghan dialogue and talks with the Taliban,” Khalilzad said.