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US brushes off intervention in Afghan parley

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KABUL: US Chargé d’Affaires in Kabul, Ross Wilson said that the peace settlement was a bilateral agreement and that Washington didn’t force its resolution.

Wilson underscored the remarks after a three-week negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban delegations in Doha has hit nowhere as of now. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Wilson said that both sides (Afghan government and Taliban) decided to run the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process, without any mediator.

“We and others are ready to help,” Wilson added. “We are not interested in an imposition resolving our imposition on the process but whatever the two sides need on the negotiation table, we will help.”  

His remarks come amid the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad is in Doha as an icebreaker to the peace talks between Kabul and Taliban delegations.

The ministry of state for peace affairs said that there have been disagreements on the agendas of the intra-Afghan negotiations between the two negotiating parties.

Experts say that comprehensive principles will lay out the official negotiations between the Afghan sides. 

The intra-Afghan talks were kicked off in mid September after around six months of recrimination from both sides.

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