DOHA - A representative of the Taliban says a second day of meetings between the group and a U.S. negotiating team led by Zalmay Khalilzad has been held in Qatar.
“Both negotiation teams also held productive talks yesterday & today. Talks will continue for several days & we shall share information about it at various intervals,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a post on Twitter on January 17.
Shaheen added that the talks had been “useful” and that the sides are discussing the signing of a joint agreement and a related ceremony. He did not elaborate.
There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials, but Reuters quoted two unnamed sources as saying the Taliban will implement a 10-day cease-fire with U.S. troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces, and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha.
Analysts say that if an agreement is clinched, it could revive hopes for a long-term solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan since their 2001 invasion to drive out the Taliban following the September 11 terror attacks in the United States. (Gandhara)