Zalmay Khalilzad meets senior Taliban leaders, including Mullah Brother

Zalmay Khalilzad meets senior Taliban leaders, including Mullah Brother

Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan, met with Mullah Brother and Deputy Head of Taliban Political Affairs in Qatar.

Afghan Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen said Afghan Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen had said: "other senior leadership of the Taliban, including Mullah Mohammad Fazil, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa and Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi, were present at the meeting".

He said that Qatar's Foreign Minister was also present during the meeting with the US representative.

According to Sohail Shaheen, the participants of the meeting discussed important steps taken in the future, including the peace process.

It is to be noted that direct talks between US and Taliban representatives began in 2018 and so far 11 rounds of peace talks have been completed.

Referring to a meeting with a US representative in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen said that "last evening, the deputy political affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were Mullah Bardar Akhund, Mullah Mohammad Fazal, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa and Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi Meeting with Foreign Minister of Qatar and Zalmay Khalilzad.

He said that 'some important issues were discussed with regard to the outcome of the negotiations and the proceedings thereafter'.

Remember that US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on February 2 for peace talks and agreements where he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

A statement from the Afghan Presidential Palace said that the US representative told Ashraf Ghani that there was no significant progress in talks with the Taliban, but they would reach a consensus on reducing the conflict with the Taliban. Did not say how long it would take.

Zalmay Khalilzad had visited Pakistan before Afghanistan and during that time he had met with several officials including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The statement issued by US officials in Pakistan stated that "Zalmay Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan's efforts to reduce violence through which US-Taliban agreements, intra-Afghan negotiations and lasting peace were comprehensive and The path to permanent ceasefire will open. '

The US Embassy said that Zalmay Khalilzad had come to Pakistan to seek Pakistani support for a deal to reduce the attacks, which is the first step toward a peace deal to end the war in Afghanistan for 18 years.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said it supported an urgent peace deal with the Taliban and reiterated Washington's demand to reduce violence, but violence by the Afghan military and its US allies has raised concerns.

It should be noted that the nearly one-year negotiations between the United States and the Taliban entered its final stages in September 2019, but US President Donald Trump justified the alleged violence by the Taliban, calling it "dead." ۔

Last month, Taliban sources said they had offered a short-range fire for 7 to 10 days to reach an agreement, but there was no announcement from both sides regarding the details of the offer.

The bombing of the US and CIA trained Afghan special forces, which also killed many civilians, has been constantly criticized by human rights organizations and a few Afghan officials, resulting in Afghan intelligence. The head was also fired.

The increase in US airstrikes after 2018 has increased the number of casualties in the conflict.

According to US Central Command data, in 2019, the US Air Force dropped 7,423 bombs in Afghanistan and 7,362 bombs dropped in 2018.

In 2017, the United States dropped 4,361 bombs in the war-torn country and 1,733 bombs in 2017.

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