Big breakthrough nears in US and Afghan Taliban crucial peace talks

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Big breakthrough nears in US and Afghan Taliban crucial peace talks

*ISLAMABAD - U.S. and Taliban representatives on Tuesday resumed their talks in Qatar after a one-day break.*

Sources familiar with Doha talks said the gap is narrowing between the two sides on a timeline for troop withdrawal, Ariana News has reported.

“We hope the two sides reach to a final agreement at this round. Right now, the two sides are looking for a third option to name the Taliban group in the agreement. Both sides have shown flexibility regarding troops withdrawal,” said Waheed Muzhda, an Afghan analyst who follows the Taliban.

The sources revealed that senior military officials of both sides were also present during the talks, adding that the two sides are inching closer to the final agreement.

According to the sources familiar with the development, Mullah Mohammad Fazl Deputy Defense Minister during the Taliban regime in Kabul who was a prisoner in Guantanamo prison in Cuba is also present during the talks.

The sixth round of direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives began on Wednesday, 1 May, in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

In this round, the U.S. delegation is expected to focus on an intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and a reduction in violence.