New developments reported over Afghanistan peace talks between Taliban and US
KABUL - New developments reported over Afghanistan peace talks between Taliban and United States and its NATO allies.
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan, General Scot Miller, are in Brussels to discuss the Afghan peace process with NATO officials, according to Kay Bailey Hutchison, the United States Ambassador to NATO.
She said in a tweet “The US and NATO allies remain committed in our military and diplomatic efforts to help bring the war in Afghanistan to an end, ensure that we are never again threatened by terrorists operating from Afghanistan’s soil, and to create the conditions for Afghans to come together to negotiate a lasting peace.”
Khalilzad’s trip to Brussels comes as begins a new round of talks with the Taliban in Doha where sources say he has recently asked the delegation of the insurgent group to agree on a long-term reduction in violence.
Up to this point, the Taliban have been open to a short-term reduction in violence.
“I don’t think that a peace deal will be signed by the end of January. There is a possibility that it will be signed within the next few weeks if the two sides agree,” said Khalilullah Safi, former head of Pugwash in Afghanistan.