Gulf state embraces negotiations between Washington and the Taliban[/size] Twilight News
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The United States special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, recently held a round of negotiations in the State of Qatar with representatives of the Taliban movement, the Associated Press reported.
A Taliban official and another source close to the group said the negotiations lasted for three days, adding that they were aimed at reviving the peace process in Afghanistan and ending the longest-running US-led war in its history.
The two sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the media, that the negotiations took place with the participation of two of the five elements of the Taliban released from Guantanamo Bay in 2014 in return for the release of the release of a US soldier detained, namely Khairullah Saeed Wali, Herat, and Mohamed Fadl, former deputy minister of war in the movement.
A source familiar with the third agency that the Taliban demanded the postponement of presidential elections scheduled to be held in the country next year and the formation of an interim government led neutral, proposed the nomination of former Afghan Justice Minister, Abdul Sattar Sirte, for the post of head of the interim administration.
The sources said that the US envoy seeks to reach a settlement within six months, but the movement considers this period is insufficient.
The Taliban rejected the US diplomat's proposal for a cease-fire, and the two sides failed to reach an agreement on the release of detainees, lifting sanctions on the movement's leaders and Washington recognizing the Taliban office in Doha.
In the meantime, Khalilzad said today from Kabul, where he will oversee the negotiations between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, the hope of reaching a peace agreement until April 20, the date of the elections, according to Reuters.
The diplomat described Washington's position on the possibility of a settlement with "cautious optimism", stressing that dialogue between the parties to the conflict should lead to "peace and Afghanistan a success that poses no danger to itself and the international community."