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Afghanistan ceasefires push in focus in U.S.-Taliban talks

Tuesday 18/December/2018 - 05:55 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Mohamed Emad

KABULPESHAWAR، Pakistan (Reuters) - U.S. and Taliban officials have discussed proposals for a six-month ceasefire in Afghanistan and a future withdrawal of foreign troops as talks aimed at setting up peace negotiations went into a second day، Taliban sources said.

The three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi is at least the third time that U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met Taliban representatives as diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year war have intensified this year.

An Afghan government delegation traveled to the city and met Khalilzad.

However، despite U.S. insistence that any peace settlement must be agreed between Afghans، the Taliban have refused to talk directly with officials from the Kabul government، which they consider an illegitimate، foreign-appointed regime.

“Discussions are taking place with the representatives of the United States about ending the occupation، a matter that does not concern the Kabul administration whatsoever،” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

“The entire agenda is focused on issues concerning the occupiers and talks will exclusively be held with them.”

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