Taliban: Afghan Cease-Fire Not Part of Talks With US

The Taliban is hoping ongoing negotiations with the United States will lead to the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, allowing Afghans themselves to peacefully negotiate an end to years of hostilities, a senior member of the group says. Suhail Shaheen, however, has clarified in an interview to VOA that neither cease-fire nor issues related to intra-Afghan peace dialogue are on the agenda of the talks with American interlocutors at this stage. Shaheen speaks for the Taliban’s informal political office in Qatar. “There is a steady progress. ... But the talks are not completed. The talks will continue until we reach a conclusion,” Shaheen told VOA when asked whether he expected a deal soon.....................

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