New inside details of the Afghan Taliban and the US government secret negotiations

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New inside details of the Afghan Taliban and the US government secret negotiations

ISLAMABAD - New inside details of the Afghan Taliban and the US government secret negotiations have been revealed.

The United States is pressing the Taliban to agree on a ceasefire and engage in intra-Afghan talks before finalizing an agreement with Washington, sources familiar with the talks have said.

“The Taliban are ready to announce a ceasefire once an agreement is signed. But before the signing of the agreement, the Taliban so far is not ready to announce a permanent ceasefire,” said Jalaluddin Shinwari, a former member of the Taliban.

“A couple of issues that the US has raised in its talks with the Taliban include a nationwide ceasefire and the start of intra-Afghan talks,” said Faiz Mohammad Zaland, a political analyst.

But the Taliban have conditions:

“The intra-Afghan talks will be possible on condition that an agreement is signed with the US for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from the country,” said Suhain Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha.

The Afghan government meanwhile has said that it will be a difficult task to reach to a durable peace in the country unless the Taliban agree on a ceasefire and be accountable about their links with Pakistan.