- According to sources in the US delegation involved in the negotiations with the Taliban, it may take just a few days for the peace agreement to be reached and announced.
- But the peace agreement was not announced even at the end of the third day of the eighth period.
- Sources said talks between the technical teams will continue.
On the third day of the eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar’s capital Doha, top US and Taliban sources confirmed that further progress had been made, but a peace agreement would be signed and announced later. It is not yet clear how many more days, weeks or months it will take to announce the success of the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, but at the end of the third day, the two sides look promising.
Zalmay Khalilzad, head of the US delegation and US Special Representative for Afghanistan, wrote on his Twitter account at the end of the third day: “With good progress in Kabul last week, I spent the past several days in Doha and focused on these issues. The ones who can negotiate a possible deal with the Taliban, which could lead to the withdrawal of troops. We made wonderful progress.”
Meanwhile, sources in the Taliban office in Doha confirmed that negotiations with the United States are going slowly and only two issues were being discussed. According to these sources, the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan and the use of Afghan soil against the US and their supporters in the future are not included. Although US officials have previously said that their agenda of negotiations with the Taliban includes a ceasefire, according to Taliban sources, the ceasefire may be on the international negotiator’s agenda and not on the agenda of negotiations with the United States.
According to sources in the US delegation involved in the negotiations with the Taliban, it may take just a few days for the peace agreement to be reached and announced. Earlier, Zalmay Khalilzad said at the beginning of the negotiations that the Taliban agreed to a peace deal and that they were ready for a good deal.
There has been great hope in Kabul, Islamabad, and Washington since the beginning of the eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban, and all sides said that a peace agreement would be signed at this meeting. But the peace agreement was not announced even at the end of the third day of the eighth period, and Khalilzad’s departure from Doha to New Delhi once again dispelled this impression. Although Khalilzad will not be involved in the talks on Tuesday, sources said talks between the technical teams will continue.
Washington and Kabul are hoping that after the US-Taliban peace deal, inter-Afghan talks will begin, with the Taliban sitting at the negotiating table with the Afghan government. However, the Taliban broadcasted an audio interview on Sunday with their negotiating team member, Mullah Shahabuddin Dilawar, in which he once again refused to sit down with the Afghan government.
Dilawar says: “Our position is clear from day one that we do not formally recognize the Kabul institution as a ‘governing body’ and we will not negotiate with them as a government. However, if the Kabul organization participates in international negotiations like other Afghan teams, that is different. ”