U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the primary official talks with Afghanistan‘s Taliban since U.S. President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace cope with the insurgents lifeless in September.

The talks will initially concentrate on getting a Taliban promise to scale back violence, with a everlasting cease-fire being the eventual purpose, stated a U.S. assertion. Khalilzad can be making an attempt to put the groundwork for negotiations between Afghans on each side of the protracted battle.

Sitting with the Taliban on the negotiating desk was Anas Haqqani, one of three senior Taliban freed final month in trade for kidnapped American College of Afghanistan professors — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, Taliban’s political workplace spokesman Suhail Shaheen tweeted.

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Haqqani is the youthful brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban’s deputy and the pinnacle of the a lot feared Haqqani community, a U.S. declared terrorist group.

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Tweeting that talks will resume on Sunday, Shaheen additionally stated “we discussed matters related to the signing of the agreement,”with out elaborating.

The conferences being held within the Center Jap State of Qatar, the place the Taliban keep a political workplace, comply with a number of days of talks in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the place Khalilzad met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

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The Taliban have thus far refused direct talks with Ghani, calling him a U.S. puppet.

Ghani leads the Afghan authorities with Chief Government Abdullah Abdullah in a power-sharing settlement brokered by the US after the presidential elections in 2014 had been so deeply mired in corruption {that a} clear winner couldn’t be decided.

To move off a battle Washington stepped in and pressured the 2 main candidates — Ghani and Abdullah — to share energy in a so-called Unity Authorities that has been largely paralyzed as a result of of the relentless bickering between the 2 leaders.

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The Afghan authorities is now embroiled in a contemporary elections standoff. Presidential polls on Sept. 28 once more resulted in accusations of misconduct, with no outcomes but introduced.

Repeat main contender Abdullah has challenged the recounting of a number of hundred thousand ballots, accusing his opponent Ghani of making an attempt to control the tally.

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In the meantime, Khalilzad’s return to his peace mission adopted Trump’s shock Thanksgiving Day go to to Afghanistan wherein he stated talks with the Taliban had been again on.

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Whereas Khalilzad is speaking to the Taliban about lowering violence, the U.S. navy in its every day report stated in a single day on Saturday U.S. airstrikes killed 37 Taliban and operations by the Afghan Nationwide Safety Forces killed one other 22 of the militants.

The insurgents have continued to hold put close to every day strikes in opposition to navy outposts all through the nation. They now maintain sway over practically half of Afghanistan.

Trump has expressed frustration with America’s longest conflict repeatedly saying he needs to deliver the estimated 12,00Zero U.S. troopers dwelling and calling on Afghanistan’s personal police and navy to step up. The Afghan authorities has additionally been criticized for its relentless corruption.

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