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Khalilzad to Taliban: Time to embrace peace

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KABUL: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has resumed peace talks with Taliban negotiation members in Qatar, where he in his opening session has underscored to the Taliban that the “Afghan people, who are their brothers and sisters, want this war to end.”

Khalilzad who just wrapped up fresh round of talks with Taliban in Doha, has called on Taliban that it is “time to put down arms, stops violence, and embrace peace.”

The two parties will discuss the four components of the framework agreement, which was agreed upon in the last two rounds of talks, which are: foreign troop withdrawal, guarantees that will prevent the use of Afghanistan soil by any groups or individuals against the security of the United States or any other country, intra-afghan dialogue and negotiations, and reduction in violence leading to a comprehensive ceasefire.

Hinting on, Khalilzad in a tweet message said; “Peace will require that we find common-ground on four inter-connected issues: troop withdrawal, counter-terrorism assurances, intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and reduction in violence leading to a comprehensive ceasefire.”

He furthered that nothing “will be final until we agree on all 4 issues,”

On the 1st of May, the State of Qatar hosted a new round of talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban. This round of talks is a continuation of the last two rounds of talks that took place in Doha between the two parties, which aim to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The State of Qatar, which acts as the mediator in this conflict, welcomes the current round of talks between the United States and the Taliban and considers this round of an important development to achieve peace in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the State of Qatar hopes that these rounds of talks will achieve the desired results to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan, according to a report from Qatari based news agency (QNA).

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