Breakthrough expected as Afghan Taliban and US talks enter 5th day at Qatar

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Breakthrough expected as Afghan Taliban and US talks enter 5th day at Qatar

KABUL - A breakthrough is expected as the Afghan Taliban and US talks have entered the fifth day at Qatar.

The negotiations were around withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and a ceasefire, sources familiar with Doha talks said.

According to the sources, the US and Taliban officials’ talks were focused on issues around a timetable for forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, reaching an agreement on announcing a ceasefire and assurance from Taliban to the US that Afghanistan will not change to a center of insurgency.

The talks were initially scheduled for two days.

“The issues are Taliban political legitimacy, ceasefire and permanent peace. One issue which is very important is talks with Afghanistan government, because Taliban has not talked with Afghan government delegation,” said Bilal Ahmad Niazi, a political affairs analyst.

Sources close to Taliban said that in Thursday talks the Taliban assured that they will not allow any group to stage attacks against other nations from Afghanistan territory.