Longest US-Taliban peace talks see 'progress' but no breakthrough

Last Updated: Mar 13 2019 11:40
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According to the officials, US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their 16-days round of talks in Doha yesterday with progress on some key issues but without producing a major breakthrough.

American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter, The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the US government on a "withdrawal timeline and effective counterterrorism measures."

"The conditions for #peace have improved," Zalmay wrote. "It's clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides."

The Taliban issued their own statement, similarly saying "progress was achieved" on both of those issues.

It stressed no cease-fire deal had been reached, nor any agreement for it to speak to the Afghan government.

"For now, both sides will deliberate over the achieved progress, share it with their respective leaderships and prepare for the upcoming meeting, the date of which shall be set by both negotiation teams," the statement read.

A spokesperson for the Taliban, meanwhile, said progress was achieved on the issue of withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's spokesperson said his government, is pleased with the progress made.