United States makes new demands from Afghan Taliban over peace deal
KABUL - United States makes new demands from Afghan Taliban over peace deal.
US and Taliban delegates in Qatar are working out the terms for a reduction in violence as part of ongoing peace talks, and sources familiar with the talks say the United States has recently made several new demands with the reduction in violence plan, TOLO News reported.
One of the demands, according to these sources, is that the reduction in violence should be long-term.
Previously, sources had said that the two sides had agreed on a plan to reduce the violence from seven to ten days.
Mujib Rahimi, Chief Executive Abdullah’s spokesman, said that the US special envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, during his recent trip to Kabul said he had submitted proposals to the Taliban to extend the duration of the reduction in violence.
“Mr. Khalilzad was hopeful during his trip and thought the Taliban were ready for more serious discussions, and that the Taliban’s plans were at an unacceptable level to (the US side) in terms of reducing violence. (Khalilzad said) we have put forward more conditions and are waiting for the Taliban to respond,” said Rahimi.
Although progress in Qatar’s peace process is going slow, the Pakistani ambassador to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan said on Wednesday that “failure is not an option.”