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‘The work begins’: US, Taliban arrive in Doha for fresh talks

On Monday, a new round of high-level talks between the US and the Taliban is starting in Doha, Qatar. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad will be meeting a Taliban delegation that includes influential leader and cofounder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Khalilzad stated that the talks, which follow a week of  negotiations that took place in January of this year, could be a “significant moment”. The previous talks resulted in an ambiguous “draft framework.”

The attendance of Baradar, a powerful and popular figure within the Taliban, is widely seen as a positive sign. Afghan special envoy for peace Mohammad Omar Daudzai described Baradar as an “independent” who is known for making “tough decisions”, and said that he hoped Baradard would “[use] his independence to decide on peace as soon as possible.”

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