Afghan Taliban spokesman reveals breakthrough in negotiations with US over troops withdrawal and ceasefire

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Afghan Taliban spokesman reveals breakthrough in negotiations with US over troops withdrawal and ceasefire

ISLAMABAD - Afghan Taliban spokesman reveals breakthrough in negotiations with US over troops withdrawal and ceasefire, Afghan Media has reported.

A spokesman for Taliban’s political office in Doha, Suhail Shahin, said in a tweet that the two sides might reach an agreement on a timeline for foreign forces withdrawal and intra-Afghan negotiations, TOLO News has reported.

Critics familiar with Doha talks said that the US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on US forces reduction in Afghanistan to 8,000.

“There is the possibility of a ceasefire between the US and the Taliban and then there is a possibility of a ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban after they sit in an intra-Afghan negotiation. There is the possibility of a reduction in the conflicts between the two sides,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

Addressing a ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said efforts are underway to begin intra-Afghan negotiations.

“Afghans see peace as their priority, but that peace should be sustainable,” said Abdullah.

Officials said that the list of the 15-member negotiating team has been finalized and it will be made public in the near future.

Kabul