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Taliban: Afghan-US peace talks were ‘long and useful; sides to consult with leaders for next steps

Taliban: Afghan-US peace talks were ‘long and useful; sides to consult with leaders for next steps

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U.S. and Taliban negotiators will consult their leaders following an eighth round of peace talks to end the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan, the Taliban says. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the negotiations in the Qatari capital, Doha, ended early on August 12, adding: “It was long and useful. Both sides decided to consult with their leaders/seniors for the next steps.” U.S. officials didn’t immediately comment. But on August 11, as Afghans were marking the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hope that “this is the last Eid where Afghanistan is at war.” Khalilzad tweeted: “I know Afghans yearn for peace. We stand with them and are working hard toward a lasting & honorable peace agreement and a sovereign Afghanistan which poses no threat to any other country.” -and- “Many scholars believe that the deeper meaning of [Eid Al-Adha] is to sacrifice one’s ego. Leaders on all sides of the war in Afghanistan must take this to heart…
Source: Taliban: Afghan-US peace talks were ‘long and useful; sides to consult with leaders for next steps

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