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Afghanistan warring sides return to table

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Precedence for govt. is to cut back violence

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With violence spiking, Afghanistan’s warring sides have returned to the negotiation desk, ending greater than a month of delays amid hopes that the 2 sides can agree on a discount of violence — and ultimately, an outright ceasefire.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted on Monday evening that talks had resumed in Qatar, the place the rebel motion maintains a political workplace. There have been no particulars aside from the ambiance was “cordial”, a dedication that negotiations ought to proceed and an announcement that the primary merchandise of enterprise will probably be setting the agenda.

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When talks ended abruptly in January, simply days after starting, each side submitted their want lists for agendas. The duty now could be for the 2 sides to sift by means of the respective want lists, agree on gadgets to barter and the order through which they are going to be tackled.

The precedence for the Afghan authorities, Washington and NATO is a severe discount in violence resulting in a stop hearth. The Taliban has stated it’s negotiable, however till now has resisted any speedy stop hearth.

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Washington is reviewing the February 2020 peace deal the earlier Trump administration signed with the Taliban that requires the ultimate withdrawal of worldwide forces by Might 1. The Taliban has resisted strategies of even a quick extension, however a consensus is mounting in Washington for a delay within the withdrawal deadline.

There’s even a suggestion of a smaller intelligence-based power staying behind.

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