Quest for Afghan peace – The Nation

The hopes kindled by talks between US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban at UAE facilitated by Pakistan seem to have hit a snag with Taliban cancelling yet another round at Qatar over disagreement on the agenda for talks. The parleys were actually scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia but the Taliban had asked for shifting the venue to Qatar because of the Saudi insistence on ensuring participation of the delegation of Afghan government in the process. The talks were fourth in the series of interaction between Zalmay and the Taliban. The Taliban refuse to accept participation of the Afghan government in the talks as they consider it a ‘puppet regime’.

The previous interface between US and Taliban at UAE had ended on a positive note and the Taliban also not only acknowledged progress in the talks but also expressed their willingness to continue …. Read More on The Nation