DOHA: Taliban and US negotiators have wrapped up their newest spherical of talks for a deal that might see America shrink its troop presence in Afghanistan, each side stated Monday.
The foes have been negotiating in Doha over the previous 12 months for a pact that might see the Pentagon start to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan.
Hypothesis has reached fever pitch in Kabul in current days that an announcement a couple of deal could also be imminent, however tweets from the Taliban and Zalmay Khalilzad — the US particular envoy main the talks — counsel work stays to be achieved.
“We’ve concluded this spherical of talks that began Aug three between the US and the Taliban. Over the previous few days, the 2 sides targeted on technical particulars. They have been productive. I’m on my approach again to DC to seek the advice of on subsequent steps,” Khalilzad wrote.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated the talks had stretched previous midnight.
“Work was tedious & efficient. Each side agreed to seek the advice of their respective leaderships for subsequent steps,” he wrote on Twitter.
On Sunday, Khalilzad tweeted: “I hope that is the final Eid the place Afghanistan is at conflict,” referring to the vacation at present being noticed throughout the Muslim world.
Washington is eager to finish its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, the place it has spent greater than $1 trillion, and President Donald Trump has stated he needs troops out.
A US-Taliban settlement wouldn’t in itself convey Afghanistan’s conflict to an finish, because the insurgents would nonetheless must make a cope with the Kabul authorities.
Many Afghans had been hoping for a ceasefire to be introduced over Eid. This has not occurred, however current days have been comparatively calm.
On Monday, Afghanistan’s intelligence service introduced 35 Taliban prisoners can be launched “as a gesture of goodwill”.
“The discharge of those prisoners is a transparent signal of the sturdy will of the federal government for peace and finish to conflict,” the company stated in an announcement.
The Taliban and Afghan safety forces periodically launch enemy prisoners.