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Taliban holds talks with US envoy in Qatar

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From al-Jazeera

Taliban holds talks with US envoy in Qatar

Taliban officials have held three days of talks with the United States' special representative for Afghanistan in Qatar, Zalmay Khalilzad, aimed at renewing the peace process in the war-torn country, an official of the armed group said.

The talks, which ended on Sunday, were confirmed by other individuals close to the group, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the negotiations.

The Taliban said its dialogue process with Washington was aimed at securing a timetable for the withdrawal of all the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan to pave the way for an intra-Afghan dialogue.

Last week, a five-member Taliban delegation had attended talks in Moscow for the first time at an international conference to discuss the Afghan peace efforts.

COMMENT:-

The inclusion of two of the five people that Mr. Obama had released from Guantanamo (which release Mr. Trump has characterized as completely unacceptable) in negotiations with the Taliban (which the US government has declared to be a terrorist organization) puts a slightly different light on Mr. Trump's position that the US doesn't negotiate with terrorists, doesn't it?

Does negotiations that would allow the US to withdraw its troops (with the US government pledging to continue to provide military aid [short of actual American troops and/or American operated equipment]) and let the two sides in Afghanistan settle matters for themselves sound sort of like what happened in a country which has a name starting with "V"?
 
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