US representative hails latest talks with Taliban as the best ever

On Saturday, the U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said that the first time he can account “substantive” development on all four issues key to peace conformity in the 17-year war of the country, calling the recent round of talks with the Taliban the “most useful” till now.  

Zalmay Khalilzad said the discussion or tales with the Taliban had been especially about anti-terrorism guarantees and troop withdrawal. But he said on Saturday that the talks have expanded to include a timeline for both cease-fires as well as intra-Afghan negotiations. It will eventually be up to Afghans to make a decision among themselves the agenda for terms of a cease-fire and negotiations also. 

In Afghanistan over 2,400 U.S. service personnel have died since the coalition invaded to expel the Taliban and hunt down the chief of al-Qaida Osama bin Laden after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

At the end of last month, Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State visited the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul seemed to give new impetus to peace efforts and Sept. 1 came out as a target date for a peace contract to end longest running military engagement by America.

According to the Zalmay Khalilzad, the ambiance during recent talks was the best up till now, with both sides finding shared humor as opposed to before talks which had on event ended in acrimony, shouting and the infrequent walk out.

Moreover, President of Afghanistan Ghani, who has been noticeably quiet about the forthcoming intra-Afghan dialogue, has again and again demanded the Taliban talk straight away with the government.

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