Khalilzad Meets Key Taliban Member In Doha

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Taliban’s number two Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, Qatar, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.

The two sides exchanged views on a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan, the statement said.

In this meeting, Baradar clarified that there is a need to finalize the two important agendas of the previous meeting which include the “complete” withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan and the assurance that Afghanistan’s soil will not be used against others, the statement added.

The statement says that it will be difficult to make progress on other issues before reaching a conclusion on the two topics.

This comes as the US negotiators and Taliban members are set to begin their sixth round of talks in Doha today.

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