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Afghan Peace Negotiations between Afghanistan Government and Taliban to starting on Saturday in Doha

  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed in the capital city of Qatar, Doha, on Friday to start the long-awaited Afghan peace negotiations between a delegation representing the Afghanistan government and Taliban. The meeting is scheduled to start on Saturday and is expected to bring an end to the four decades of the Afghan war. Just after taking off from Washington on Thursday to attend the historic Afghan peace negotiation in Doha, Pompeo told media that it has taken more time to hold the peace talks between the two sides to decide “how to move their country forward”. He went on to call it “truly historic”. The United States Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad told media on Friday that the negotiation is going to be a real test for both sides. If the peace negotiation works well then it will lead to the withdrawal of US armed forces from the longest war. It will be one of the biggest success stories of Trump’s foreign policy, especially before the November 3 US Presidential election. In a statement, Taliban spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Naeem said that they are ready to take part in the inauguration ceremony of Intra-Afghan negotiations during September 12-22, 2020. US President Donald Trump has welcomed the talks. Reports say that the negotiation will be one-to-one between the senior officials of the Afghanistan government and the Taliban leaders. No international mediators will participate in the talks. A senior adviser to the President of Afghanistan, Nader Nadery, said that “we depart to Doha with hopes and self-confidence to create a condition in Afghanistan where guns are silent and the values of republic are consolidated and Afghan people achieve what they deserve.”