QATAR: On Saturday Jan 26th, as per Taliban sources, the negotiators of Taliban and the officials of United States carried out a meeting in Qatar, to end the 17 years of Afghan war, including some finalised clauses in a draft agreement.
The sources provided the details to Reuters which include apparent concessions from both sides, withdrawing foreign forces from the country in less than 18 months after signing the deal.
A diplomatic tolda that Zalmay Khalilzad, the envoy of US special peace went to Kabul, the capital of Afghan to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the end of six-day talks.
It is currently not clear whether the provisions have been fully accepted by the US side or a joint statement will be issued. In Kabul, no US embassy officials were available to comment.
As per the sources, Taliban group agreed to a key demand of Washington assuring that they won’t let Al-Qaeda and Daesh militants to attack the United States and its allies.
They further said that a timeline for ceasefire will be finalized in Afghanistan but a proper talk with Afghan representatives will only be held once the ceasefire is implemented.
The sources said that many other clauses were put forward including the removal of an international travel ban on several Taliban leaders by the United States, the prospect of an interim Afghan government after the ceasefire is struck and a deal over the exchange and release of prisoners from the warring sides.
Pakistan backs Doha talks
Major General Asif Ghafoor who is the spokesperson of Pakistan army gave an interview to the Voice of America in which he said that our country desires to see a beautiful conclusion of the peace process in Afghanistan before the Doha talks.
He further said, “We wish that United States leaves Afghan region as a friendly nation not as a failure.”
DG ISPR, in another interview to the Arab News said: “Our job was to bring them of negotiation table which was done by us. We are just facilitators. How will process go underway and what will be discussed during every meeting depends on progress.”