The Taliban, who were ousted from power in 2001, still refer to themselves as Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the name given to their own system.
According to sources, the sides will not sign the draft deal. The United Nations and powers like Russia and China will sign as witnesses to the draft agreement.
Seventh round of US-Taliban talks entered sixth day on Thursday. The talks are aimed at finalising a draft agreement on the potential withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and counter-terrorism assurances from Taliban.
Sources close to the Taliban have reported major progress in the talks which are expected to end in one to two days.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while condemned a recent Taliban attack in Kabul, reiterated on Wednesday that the hour has come for peace in Afghanistan.
“The U.S. remains committed to the Afghan peace process and to helping those who seek a peaceful future,” Pompeo said on Twitter.
An intra-Afghan dialogue conference is expected to begin on coming Sunday in Qatar. US hopes that a peace deal is reached before September 1
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Thursday 4 July 2019 17:28