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Taliban, US to resume Doha talks on Saturday

KABUL, FEB 28 (IANS): | Publish Date: 3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 Officials of the US and the Taliban have decided to take a two-day break in the ongoing peace talks in Qatar and regroup again over the weekend for the negotiations aimed at ending the 17-year Afghanistan conflict.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted on Thursday negotiators would regroup on Saturday after a two-day pause for internal deliberations.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said both the sides have decided to consult their respective leadership following discussions on the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and the need for guarantees against terrorism in the war-torn country.
“The meetings ended last night (Wednesday) as both the teams agreed to take a break today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) for consultations and preparations for the third meeting, which shall be held on Saturday,” Mujahid was quoted as saying by Efe news.
He said during the first three days of the latest round of talks in Qatar. 

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