Dec. 2 (UPI) — Negotiators for the Afghanistan authorities and Taliban insurgents have reached a breakthrough settlement on the foundations and agenda for long-awaited peace talks, either side stated Wednesday.
The deal for the U.S.-brokered talks geared toward ending the 19-year Afghan battle comes almost three months after they started in Doha, Qatar.
Kabul negotiator Nader Nadery introduced in a tweet that two Intra-Afghan negotiation groups on Wednesday have been “tasked to arrange the draft matters for the agenda” forward of the talks.
“The present negotiations of each negotiation groups present that there’s willingness amongst Afghans to achieve a sustainable peace and either side are dedicated to proceed their honest efforts to achieve a sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” he wrote.
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem stated negotiators are shifting forward with drafting the agenda.
“The present talks between the delegations from the 2 sides point out that there’s a will for peace amongst Afghans,” he informed reporters in Doha.
U.S. Particular Consultant Zalmay Khalilzad reacted with optimism.
“I welcome the information from Doha that the 2 Afghan sides have reached a major milestone: a three-page settlement codifying guidelines and procedures for his or her negotiations on a political highway map and a complete cease-fire,” he tweeted.
“The folks of Afghanistan now count on fast progress on a political highway map and a cease-fire. We perceive their need and we assist them.”
Talks started in September following the switch of six Taliban prisoners, who’d been held for killing French, Australian and U.S. residents, to Qatar, the place they have been positioned underneath home arrest. The transfer accomplished the ultimate requirement for peace talks to begin, set out by a deal america signed with the Taliban in February.
Haggling over the bottom guidelines and agenda, nonetheless, delayed progress.
Gradual U.S. troop withdrawal can also be a part of the deal, with the understanding that the ensuing unity authorities can not permit Afghanistan to turn into a base for future terror assaults.
Violence in Afghanistan has continued through the negotiations for peace.
No less than 30 folks have been killed in a automobile bomb assault in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province on Sunday. The Afghan protection ministry stated 70 Taliban fighters have been killed in heavy assaults in Kandahar province on the identical day.