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Tuesday 20 November 2018

No Advance after Taliban-U.S. Meeting in Qatar

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KABUL (Kazakhstan News) — The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad met the leaders of the hard-line group, Taliban at their political headquarters in Qatar, but at the end of the three-day meeting, no agreement was struck.

On Monday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that leaders of the group met Khalilzad at their political headquarters in Qatar for the second time in the past month. He said in a statement, “These were preliminary talks and no agreement was reached on any issue."

However, Taliban announced that it had held discussions with the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan over engaging in peace talks, but clarified that the talk ended with no agreement. Khalilzad, who had declared a deadline of April 2019 to end a 17-year-long war that has torn apart Afghanistan, failed to receive any commitments from the insurgent group.

Further, three Taliban officials confirmed that Taliban leaders had not accepted any deadline set by the U.S. to wrap up talks.

So far, the U.S embassy in Kabul has not made any official comments.

Meanwhile, the security situation in Afghanistan continues to decline as Taliban insurgents continue to intensify their battle to reimpose strict laws in the country. The country is suffering an unprecedented level of casualties as Taliban steps up attacks on the beleaguered Afghan security forces.

Earlier this month, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani revealed that the death toll among Afghan soldiers and police is nearing 30,000 since the start of 2015.

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