Taliban vows to deny use of Afghan soil for threatening US security

DOHA, The Afghan Taliban movement has agreed on prevent the US of Afghan soil for threatening security of the US and other world countries.

The commitment was made by the Taliban at the conclusion of the fifth round of talks with the US representatives in Qatar, the Qatari news agency reported Tuesday. It noted that the talks focused on the withdrawal of the US and Coalition Forces from Afghanistan, and the Taliban’s commitment to preventing and denying the use of Afghan soil in a manner that threatens the security of the US, its allies, or any other country.

The two parties, assisted by Qatari mediators, agreed that a lasting peace agreement should be based on four main interlinked components that shall be executed pursuant to an agreed upon timeline and conditions.

The talks were hosted and mediated by Qatar, represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Special Envoy for Counterterrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution Dr Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani.

The US was represented by the Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and on the other hand, the Taliban was represented by Sher Mohamed Abbas Stanikzai, the Lead Taliban Negotiator.

Both parties thanked Qatar for its extensive efforts and constructive support in mediating the longest round of negotiations, lasting a total of 16 consecutive days.

Qatar renewed its plea for the inclusion of all regional and international parties to streamline and consolidate these efforts and the efforts of Qatar’s strategic partners to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Qatar invited the two parties to initiate the next round of negotiations on March 24th.

Source: Kuwait News Agency