US peace envoy in Kabul after 'significant progress' made in Qatar

US peace envoy in Kabul after 'significant progress' made in Qatar

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hailed significant progress made by US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad after six days of talks with the Taliban in Qatar. 

In a tweet, Pompeo said Washington is serious about pursuing peace and preventing Afghanistan from continuing to be a space for international terrorism.

Pompeo cautioned that no deal had been finalized with the militants saying further talks would resume shortly.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that while there was progress at the meetings but reports of an agreement on a ceasefire and talks with Kabul are not true.

Meanwhile, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul to secure cooperation from the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani after breakthrough in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar.

A senior Afghan official said in Kabul today that Zalmay Khalilzad will inform Ghani and his officials about all the developments, seek their opinion before traveling back to Washington.