Afghan Taliban in full command of the Afghanistan endgame peace talks with US and Afghanistan government

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Afghan Taliban in full command of the Afghanistan endgame peace talks with US and Afghanistan government

KABUL - Afghan Taliban in full command of the Afghanistan endgame peace talks with US and Afghanistan government.

Taliban’s spokesman Suhain Shaheen told Arab News in a phone conversation on Tuesday that Taliban representatives are holding talks with US negotiators in Qatar to create a “safe atmosphere” for the signing of a peace agreement.

“There had been no discussion on cease-fire since the beginning, but the US proposed reduction in violence and our stance is to provide a safe atmosphere during the days of the agreement,” Shaheed said as quoted by Arab News. [image: “There had been no discussion on cease-fire since the beginning, but the US proposed reduction in violence and our stance is to provide a safe atmosphere during the days of the agreement,” Shaheed said as quoted by Arab News.]

Shaheed, according to Arab News, said that a comprehensive and complete cease-fire would be declared after the peace agreement is signed with the US, ” We will also provide a safe passage to the US and other foreign forces following the deal,” he said.

The reconvened peace talks between the US and the Taliban are progressing, according to a Taliban spokesperson, while the Afghan government still insists on a ceasefire.

The Taliban’s political office in Doha has said that senior officials from the group met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday, and that the talks will continue today as well.

“Last evening, Mullah Baradar Akhund, Sher Mohammad Abbas and Amir Khan Mutaqi met with Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. Scott Miller in Doha and they had detailed discussions on next steps. Both teams are expected to have a joint meeting today,” tweeted Shaheen, tweeted.