Afghanistan government seems frustrated over success of US - Afghan Taliban direct talks

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Afghanistan government seems frustrated over success of US - Afghan Taliban direct talks

KABUL - Afghanistan government has expressed frustration over success of US - Afghan Taliban direct talks minus the government.

Mohammad Umer Daudzai, President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Representative on Regional Affairs for Consensus on Peace, on Tuesday reiterated that the US cannot reach an agreement with the Taliban about the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and that troop pullout will be tackled in line with the Afghan-US security pact.

The US has reached a consensus about troop withdrawal with the Afghan government, Daudzai said.

“The US cannot reach an understanding with the Taliban on whether to keep its troops in Afghanistan, because the US is in Afghanistan in line with the security agreement which was signed with the Afghan government in 2014,” said Daudzai, referring to the Bilateral Security Agreement commonly known as (BSA) sealed between the US and Afghanistan in 2014, only few days after President Ashraf Ghani assumed his office.

Daudzai, who has been assigned by President Ghani to organize the peace Jirga, said that holding the planned consultative Jirga on peace will take some time and that a final date for the assembly will be determined in the near future.