Superpowers holding secret negotiations with Afghan Taliban
KABUL (AT News): After some sources within the Taliban group said that secret talks have been ongoing between US Special Envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Qatar’s capital in Doha, seemingly the manifold delay peace talks in Beijing, the capital city of China, could likely to be taken place in near future.
In a meeting on Sunday with Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Wang You, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Idrees Zaman thanked the government of China for their continued support towards peace process in the country. The meeting focused on issues of mutual interest, including the peace efforts.
The two sides also exchanged views on reforms in the UN Security Council and discussed the details of intra-Afghan peace dialogue due to be held in Beijing, China.
One day before, US President Donald Trump announced that his administration currently works on a peace deal with the Taliban to end the longest war in Afghanistan.
“You know we’re pulling way down in Afghanistan. We’re working on an agreement now with the Taliban. Let’s see what happens,” Trump told Fox News Friday in a telephone call to the program.
However he didn’t give further details about his plans and deal with the Taliban.
Meanwhile, source who wished to go unnamed told Afghanistan Times that US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has landed in Qatar, where he has held talks with the Taliban representatives.
According to sources, the talks would be secretly continued and that Trump may announce the official round of negotiation within days.