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Afghan, Taliban peace delegations emphasize on expediting peace talks

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KABUL: Representatives of the Afghan and Taliban peace delegations have resumed intra-Afghan talks in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, both sides confirmed. The meeting happened after a long pause, already faded hope for a political settlement through dialogues.

In a series of tweets posted simultaneously by the both sides in addition to Eid al-Fitr greetings, the sides discussed the ongoing situation in the country and emphasized speeding up peace talks.

The Afghan Peace delegations, Abdul Salam Rahimi and Fatima Gailani represented the Afghan government while from the Taliban, many members of their negotiation team including Mullah Baradar, held talks on the Afghan peace process. Both parties emphasized restart of the peace talks after Eid, the Afghan government delegation tweeted.

Taliban’s Qatar Office Spokesman, Mohammad Naeem said that both sides agreed to continue the negotiations even after Eid.

Afghanistan has witnessed a spike in deadly Taliban assaults that has led to mounting casualties on all sides. The uptick in violence had been reported after the US announced an exit date of September 2021 for American troops withdrawal after 20 years of presence in Afghanistan.

However, Afghan government said that foreign troop withdrawal left no reason for the Taliban to continue war. President Ashraf Ghani in his speech on the first day of Eid, said that the withdrawal of foreign troops leaves no reason for insurgents to continue killing civilians and destroying infrastructures.

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