Sixth round of Taliban-U.S. peace talks end
The latest round of US-Taliban peace talks, the 6th in total, ended on Thursday after a little over a week. According to a Taliban statesman, the talks were “positive and constructive,” with both sides making “some progress […] on the draft agreement prepared in the last round of talks.”
In previous negotiations both sides broadly agreed that a final peace agreement would result in a withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan under condition that the country will not be used by militant groups to launch attacks against the US and allied countries.
The announcement comes at a significant time, because the Taliban on Wednesday attacked the Kabul office of American nonprofit Counterpart International, killing multiple employees of an adjacent American charity. American Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass condemned the attack, while Afghan analysts said the incident showed that the Taliban doesn’t actually believe in peace.
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