US, Afghan Taliban holds key meeting in Doha

30 July, 2018, 22:47 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • В Катаре закончились переговоры Талибана и США

The US department of state has confirmed that Ms Wells, of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, was in Qatar last week to meet government officials and talk about an Afghan peace process but did not confirm or deny the Taliban meeting.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Voice of America (VOA) reported that Alice Wells, the top U.S. diplomat for South Asia, led the United States team in these talks.

USA officials neither confirmed nor denied a meeting took place but it would mark a significant development in ending the country's protracted war.

The Islamist insurgency had long called for direct talks with Washington.

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'The environment was positive and the discussion was useful, ' the Taliban official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Officials are now saying that the meeting ended quite positively, and that both sides agreed to hold more meetings in the future.

It was not clear when the next meeting would be held or with whom, but the Taliban official who spoke out was certain one would be held.

"Any negotiations over the political future of Afghanistan will be between the Taliban and Afghan government", Stephanie Newman, the United States spokeswoman, said. Alice Wells was officially in Doha last week though. Over the years, as waves of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have come and gone in repeated cycles, the government has slowly retrenched and ceded chunks of territory to the Taliban, cleaving Afghanistan into disparate parts and ensuring a conflict with no end in sight. As stated by the Taliban, we can expect more and more such meeting between the US, Afghanistan and the Taliban for purposeful dialogues.

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The Afghan president's office said Saturday that it welcomed any support for peace efforts.

The current leadership, most of whom are Mullah Omar's contemporaries, still believe their future in Afghanistan can be guaranteed only if the US's concerns are addressed. As reported by PressTV, the Taliban said that these talks, however, can not be called peace talks but are rather a part of the initiation to have a series of meetings for purposeful dialogue. Other unidentified USA diplomats were also present, according to two Taliban officials.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration told its senior diplomats that they could kick start the process of negotiations with the Taliban.

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