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June 17, 2019
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Ongoing peace talks with US progressing gradually: Taliban

KABUL: Afghan Taliban said that the ongoing peace talks between them and the US are progressing on a “step-by-step” basis.

The Taliban spokesperson statement came in the wake of the bloody attack on a joint US-Afghan base claimed by the Taliban.

Meetings between the two sides restarted over the weekend in Doha after a temporary halt late last week to allow for “internal deliberations”.

“The current round of talks in Doha are advancing on a step-by-step basis. As the issue at hand is immensely crucial and delicate, it’s progression is taking place with that much care and vigilance,” said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.

He added that the negotiations were focused on the US troops withdrawal and a pact to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven for terrorists.

The latest meetings follow marathon talks in January that saw the US and the Taliban walk away with a “draft framework” on the two issues.

“It should be mentioned that no understanding has so far been reached about any agreement or document,” Mujahid added.