US Afghanistan Rep.: conditions for peace improved, no deal yet

WASHINGTON, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said Tuesday that he wrapped up a “marathon round of talks with Taliban in Doha,” Qatar, during which “conditions for peace have improved.” However, the US representative said that no final agreement has been reached yet.

In a series of tweets, Khalilzad said that he has “just finished a marathon round of talks with the Taliban in Doha. The conditions for peace have improved.

“It’s clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides,” he added.

In another tweet the US representative underscored the four requirements of peace realization as “counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.” He added that “In January talks, we ‘agreed in principle’ on these four elements. We’re now ‘agreed in draft’ on the first two.” Khalilzad went on to say that “when the agreement in draft about a withdrawal timeline and effective counterterrorism measures is finalized, the Taliban and other Afghans, including the government, will begin intra-Afghan negotiations on a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.” He announced that his “next step is discussions in Washington and consultations with other partners.

“We will meet again soon, and there is no final agreement until everything is agreed,” he maintained.

The new round of the talks between the US and Taliban negotiators in Qatar was concluded on Tuesday after 16 days of talks.

Source: Kuwait News Agency