Time To Stop Violence, Embrace Peace: Khalilzad To Taliban

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who has started a new round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, said that on the opening session he underscored to the Taliban that it is time to quit violence and embrace peace as it is a demand of Afghans.    

“In our opening session, I underscored to the Talibs that the Afghan people, who are their brothers and sisters, want this war to end. It is time to put down arms, stop the violence, and embrace peace,” Khalilzad said in a tweet on Friday.

This round of talks is a continuation of the last two rounds of talks that took place in Doha between the two parties, which aim to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The two parties will discuss the four components of the framework agreement, which was agreed upon in the last two rounds of talks, which are: foreign troop withdrawal, guarantees that will prevent the use of Afghanistan soil by any groups or individuals against the security of the United States or any other country, intra-afghan dialogue and negotiations, and reduction in violence leading to a comprehensive ceasefire.

Pointing out to this, Khalilzad said: “peace will require that we find common-ground on four inter-connected issues: troop withdrawal, counter-terrorism assurances, intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and reduction in violence leading to a comprehensive ceasefire”.

“Nothing will be final until we agree on all four issues,” he reiterated.

According to a report by Qatar-based QNA News, the State of Qatar, which acts as the mediator in this conflict, welcomes the current round of talks between the United States and the Taliban and considers this round an important development to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the report says, Qatar hopes that these rounds of talks will achieve the desired results to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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