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US, Taliban Doha talks end with agreements: Afghan media

KABUL: The fifth round of the talks between the US and Taliban negotiators in Qatar ended after 16 days on Tuesday with agreements in draft made between the two sides on some key issues under debate, Tolo News reported.

Afghan media said that the agreement has been drafted in both English and Afghanistan languages.

The report while quoting unnamed sources said that though both sides have reached on agreements on many issues but have not signed on papers. The United States stance of “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” remains as it is.

The US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is expected to travel to Washington DC to meet with senior US officials, including possibly with President Donald Trump later this week.

Taliban has agreed to cut ties with all terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and, meanwhile, take actions against them, sources confirmed.

The sources said that there has been an agreement on the withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan but there is no details available about a timeline of the troop pullout.

A couple of US bases are expected to remain in Afghanistan.

Intra-Afghan talks and ceasefire have also been discussed in the Doha 16-day talks and put on paper.

Meanwhile, a meeting between a number of Afghan politicians and the Taliban, which was expected to be held in the next two weeks, has been delayed.

The Taliban have not made a comment on details of their negotiations with the US delegation.

Earlier, Ambassador Khalilzad had said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, referring to all four components of the talks, including counterterrorism, withdrawal, intra-Afghan talks and ceasefire.