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Perhaps the last .. A decisive round of Afghan-US talks in Doha

2019-08-27T15:38:51.849Z



Peace talks between Washington and the Taliban have reached their final stages and a pact is under preparation, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban political office said.

Shaheen said - in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera - that any transitional phase will be agreed upon will be after the signing of the agreement with the United States and enter into an Afghan-Afghan dialogue, as he put it.

The spokesman added that the movement provided guarantees to Washington, including legislation not to use Afghanistan in any attack, stressing that the movement will provide safe passages for the departure of foreign troops from Afghanistan. He said the movement did not want to set conditions for the Afghan-Afghan dialogue to ensure its success.

The ninth round of talks between the Americans and the Taliban began last Thursday in the Qatari capital Doha, and continued on Monday, and continued until late at night.

The agreement is supposed to provide for the withdrawal of more than 13 thousand US military from Afghanistan within the framework of a timetable to be determined, after 18 years of conflict.

The US withdrawal is the main demand of the Taliban, which in turn will be committed to ensuring that the territory it controls is not used by "terrorist" groups.

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After this new round of negotiations, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is scheduled to visit the Afghan capital to "encourage" preparations for inter-Afghan negotiations, according to the US State Department, while some thorny issues, such as power sharing with the Taliban, remain to be resolved. And the future of the current administration, and the roles of regional powers such as India or Pakistan.

"We are defending Afghan forces now and we will defend them even after reaching an agreement with the Taliban," Khalilzad said on Monday in response to rumors that the deal did not include the Taliban fighting the US-backed Kabul government.

According to Khalilzad, both sides agree that "the future of Afghanistan is determined by internal Afghan negotiations."

In addition to the withdrawal of 13,000 military personnel, a ceasefire between the Taliban and the Americans, or at least a "reduction of violence", is supposed to be included in the agreement, which will be historic 18 years after the US invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Washington hopes to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban by September 1, before the Afghan elections scheduled for the same month, and before the US presidential elections in 2020.

Source: aljazeera

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