Taliban and Afghan government negotiators meet in Qatar conflict news
On the second day of the three-day ceasefire, the warring parties met in Doha to speed up the deadlocked peace talks.
According to the warring parties, negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan government held talks in Qatar after the two sides had stalled for a long time in peace negotiations.
The development took place on Friday, the second day after the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire for Muslims Eid al-Fitr.
They started negotiations in September last year to find a way to end the decades of war. But since the United States began to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan on May 1, negotiations have stalled for several rounds and violence has escalated.
The negotiating team representing the Afghan government said on Twitter: “The two sides discussed the current situation in the country and emphasized speeding up the Doha peace talks.”
Mohammad Naeem, a spokesperson for the Taliban political office, posted a similar message on Twitter, adding that the two sides agreed to continue the dialogue after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Seeking common ground between the two warring parties has always been the top priority for Western capitals, especially Washington. Washington has announced that it will withdraw all US troops by September to end its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.
The Taliban refused to participate in a Washington-backed meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey last month, which aims to accelerate peace talks. The event was postponed indefinitely.