6th round of talks between US, Taliban negotiators resumed

US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban negotiators have resumed their talks in Doha, capital city of Qatar, to end the 18-year old war in Afghanistan.
The talks between the two sides called off for one day for it was the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Based on reports, in the 6th round of peace talks between US delegate led by Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives, all discussions were focused on US troop withdrawal and counter –terrorism assurances.
US special peace envoy for Afghanistan has kicked off the 6th round of talks by stressing seriously on ceasefire in Afghanistan.
In his tweet, Khalilzad said: “All sides laying down arms is the outcome of any peace process. All sides agreeing to reduce violence is a necessary step toward achieving that outcome and the morally responsible choice to make. We stand ready.”
US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, counter-terrorism assurances, intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and reduction in violence leading to a comprehensive ceasefire were four inter-connected issues raised by US delegates in the 6th round of talks with representatives of the Taliban group.
On the other hand, participants in the Peace Consultative Jirga had stressed on ceasefire during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Afghanistan government is also ready to seriously implement the issue. Nevertheless, Taliban has intensified violence in several provinces of the country after arriving the month of Ramadan.
It is determined that the 6th round of peace talks between US and the Taliban group will continue until end of the current week.
Meanwhile, US special peace envoy is making effort to pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue in order to address concern of Afghanistan government. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has also stressed that the first and second chapters of the country’s constitution specified to verdicts of the religion of Islam and rights of citizens would never be changed.
Although differences with the Taliban group are deep, all sides in particular the Taliban has no way except talks with Afghanistan government as the new enemy ‘Daesh’ has emerged in Afghanistan, the region and world and considered as a common threat for both sides. Afghanistan government is doing its best to bring peace and stability to the country.
Peace efforts have increased recently to end the ongoing war in the country where the people are the real victim of the war as thousands of innocent Afghans lose their lives every year due to the endless war in Afghanistan. In the meantime, the clear consequences of peace and war in Afghanistan put their first impact on life of Afghan citizens. Although peace efforts are underway, concerns over increasing of war and violence are in the rise among the people of Afghanistan.
Lailuma Noori

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