US Military Commander in Afghanistan reveals new information over Intra Afghan peace talks

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US Military Commander in Afghanistan reveals new information over Intra Afghan peace talks

Gen. Scott Miller, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaking during a visit to the eastern province of Laghman, called the ongoing negotiations in Doha "very promising."

“Discussions in Doha are very promising and important for the Afghan people, we also know the Taliban violence has to go down,” said Miller in Zabul, TOLO News has reported.

Miller, who traveled with acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid, said that he has grave concerns about civilian casualties.

“Personally I am a little concerned about the civilian casualties…the results of bombs that civilians keep striking, and we need to bring the violence down, that is the will of the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, acting Minister Khalid said: “We are hopeful about a ceasefire in the coming days,” said Khalid.

This comes as contact groups of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban continue their discussions about the procedural structure of the talks.

A member of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan told TOLOnews on Thursday that there is a possibility that the two sides will finalize their discussions on the procedures by Saturday.

Naming the cause of the war in Afghanistan is said to be one of the key points of contention between the negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban in the negotiation process.

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