New developments reported in the US - Taliban peace deal in Doha

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New developments reported in the US - Taliban peace deal in Doha

DOHA (TOLOnews): Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, on Thursday, met with the Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar and their chief negotiator Mawlawi Abdul Hakim in Doha amidst delay in the start of the direct negotiations between both sides of the talks.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said it was insisted in the meeting that more efforts should be made for the implementation of the US-Taliban agreement. He said that the release of Taliban prisoners was also discussed in the meeting.

Khalilzad is visiting Doha at least three weeks after the inauguration ceremony of Afghanistan’s peace negotiations in Doha.

Negotiating teams of both sides of the talks have held six meetings in contact groups level to discuss their procedural rules, but they are yet to agree on two out of 20 articles.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem on Thursday said that the group does not feel the need for a mediator for the Afghan peace negotiations and stated that resolving a 40-year conflict requires patience to reach a conclusion.