US to offer Afghan Taliban some key privileges to break stalemate

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US to offer Afghan Taliban some key privileges to break stalemate

KABUL - United States has decided to offer Afghan Taliban some key privileges to break stalemate in peace talks.

The seventh round of the peace talks between the US negotiators and the Taliban members in Doha, Qatar, will take place next week, sources said, predicting that this time, the two sides will agree on one or two of the four key issues under debate.

The US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, counterterrorism assurances, a ceasefire and direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are the main key issues which have been under debate in the six rounds of the negotiators between US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban members.

Analysts familiar with Doha talks and the peace process said the Taliban will be given “a number of privileges” in this round of the talks.

“The Americans have decided to give the Taliban some privileges to take the negotiations out of the current situation,” said Wahid Muzhda, a Kabul-based political analyst.

The peace talks have been faced with many deadlocks over the past seven months since Khalilzad started his efforts on behalf of the US government.

However, last time in May, Khalilzad said the talks are making “slow” but “steady” progress.

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