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Noorullah Noori (C) and Mohammad Nabi Omari (R), members of the Taliban who had been former prisoners held by the US at Guantanamo Bay and reportedly launched in 2014 in a prisoner change, attend the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks within the Qatari capital Doha on July 7, 2019. Photograph: AFP/File
  • The talks are being held amid rising doubt over a US-Taliban peace deal brokered by US President Donald Trump
  • The peace talks are aimed toward discovering an finish to many years of relentless battle
  • One of many negotiation group members warned that spiraling violence will improve public strain on negotiators that might derail talks

Afghan negotiators are resuming talks with the Taliban in a bid to finish bloodshed and discover a political roadmap for the nation, after a spike in violence throughout the nation threatened peace prospects, The Information reported on Wednesday.

The stop-and-go talks come amid rising doubt over a US-Taliban peace deal brokered by outgoing President Donald Trump. 

As ordered by Trump, an accelerated withdrawal of US troops means simply 2,500 American troopers will nonetheless be in Afghanistan when President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace this month. 

Biden has advocated preserving a small intelligence-based presence in Afghanistan, however Taliban leaders have flatly rejected the presence of any overseas troops on Afghan soil. Officers accustomed to the US-Taliban peace deal say there isn’t a wiggle room that may permit even a small variety of overseas troops to stay in Afghanistan.

With out giving specifics, a member of the federal government’s negotiation group, Nader Nadery mentioned: “The initial opportunity is that several items of the agenda are similar and would be easy to make progress on.”

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He, however, warned that spiraling violence will increase public pressure on government negotiators that could derail talks.

Alternatively, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem maintained the Taliban had been prepared for a resumption of the negotiations, stressing {that a} ceasefire is without doubt one of the objects on the agenda, with out elaborating a lot.

Nonetheless, one of many trickiest objects is a power-sharing settlement between the warring sides. There’s little proof that Kabul shall be keen to share energy or that the Taliban shall be versatile on who could be acceptable in a transitional administration.

A former Afghan authorities adviser, Torek Farhadi,  on this regard, mentioned the federal government and the Taliban are “two warring minorities,” with the Afghan folks caught in-between — “one says they represent the republic, the other says we want to end foreign occupation and corruption. But the war is (only) about power.”

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