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Khalilzad, Baradar Discuss Afghan Peace Process

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KABUL: The U.S special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation held talks with Mullah Abdul Ghani Bradar, head of the Taliban political office in Qatar. The meeting took place on Sunday evening with the presence of Mohammad-bin- Abdulrahman Al-Thani, the Qatari Foreign Minister.

The Taliban spokesman in Qatar, Mohammad Naeem said that the meeting covered discussion on the implementation of the Doha agreement and the intra-Afghan negotiations.

Khalilzad embarked his peace mission in early this month to speed up the ongoing Afghan peace process as the Afghan government negotiating teams and Taliban representatives appeared reluctant to make any further progress in the second round of the intra-Afghan negotiations.

Khalilzad in his visit to Afghanistan that was also followed by a letter of the U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken to President Ashraf Ghani has offered him a new proposal for ending war in the country and shared the US new plan of making a transitional government to forge a peace deal with the Taliban.

Blinken’s letter says of convening a senior meeting in Turkey where the Afghan politicians, representatives of the countries involved in the Afghan peace and the Taliban would participate to find a breakthrough for peace in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the U.S Department of State, Ned Price said earlier that Washington had continued encouraging all sides to constructively take part knowing that “this is a moment in time where progress is possible”. He also suggested that Khalilzad would remain for some time in Qatar to facilitate the peace process.    

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