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Taliban Asks US to Clarify Stance: Sources

According to the sources, some senior officials of the Taliban in their meeting with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Qatari foreign minister have asked Washington to announce its final stance on the peace process immediately so that the group can finalize its military plans for spring.

 “The US special envoy for Afghanistan requested two or three days' time to speak to high level officials in Washington about signing the peace agreement,” said Sami Yousufzai, a journalist in Doha.

 Meanwhile, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party, on Tuesday at a press conference in Kabul said that he believes that “Every peace agreement should keep the people’s rights and the national sovereignty of the country.”

Hekmatyar also claimed that a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban will be signed soon.

“I feel the agreement will be finalized soon. The recent statement by the US president about the incident in Khogyani district of Nangarhar in which he said that he (Trump) wants this to be the last American to be killed in Afghanistan, indicates that he (Trump) is serious about withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan,” said Hekmatyar.

Also, at the international level, the calls for a peaceful settlement for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan continues.

The NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg addressed Afghanistan at a press conference ahead of NATO’s two-day meeting on Tuesday, saying NATO supports US peace efforts.

 "We fully support the efforts led by the United States to end the conflict and to achieve a peaceful solution; our allies are consulting closely on the way forward,” said Stoltenberg.

He said that the Taliban must accept the fact that war is not a solution, and he urged the group to end violence and commit to a peaceful Afghanistan.

"The Taliban must understand they cannot win on the battlefield. They must commit to a reduction in violence and show that they are committed to a peaceful future in Afghanistan," he said.

According to the sources, there was a sign of flexibility in the Taliban’s tone regarding a "midterm" reduction in violence until the end of the intra-Afghan talks. However, no final agreement so far has been reached.

Taliban Asks US to Clarify Stance: Sources

Also, at the international level, the calls for a peaceful settlement for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan continues.

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According to the sources, some senior officials of the Taliban in their meeting with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Qatari foreign minister have asked Washington to announce its final stance on the peace process immediately so that the group can finalize its military plans for spring.

 “The US special envoy for Afghanistan requested two or three days' time to speak to high level officials in Washington about signing the peace agreement,” said Sami Yousufzai, a journalist in Doha.

 Meanwhile, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party, on Tuesday at a press conference in Kabul said that he believes that “Every peace agreement should keep the people’s rights and the national sovereignty of the country.”

Hekmatyar also claimed that a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban will be signed soon.

“I feel the agreement will be finalized soon. The recent statement by the US president about the incident in Khogyani district of Nangarhar in which he said that he (Trump) wants this to be the last American to be killed in Afghanistan, indicates that he (Trump) is serious about withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan,” said Hekmatyar.

Also, at the international level, the calls for a peaceful settlement for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan continues.

The NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg addressed Afghanistan at a press conference ahead of NATO’s two-day meeting on Tuesday, saying NATO supports US peace efforts.

 "We fully support the efforts led by the United States to end the conflict and to achieve a peaceful solution; our allies are consulting closely on the way forward,” said Stoltenberg.

He said that the Taliban must accept the fact that war is not a solution, and he urged the group to end violence and commit to a peaceful Afghanistan.

"The Taliban must understand they cannot win on the battlefield. They must commit to a reduction in violence and show that they are committed to a peaceful future in Afghanistan," he said.

According to the sources, there was a sign of flexibility in the Taliban’s tone regarding a "midterm" reduction in violence until the end of the intra-Afghan talks. However, no final agreement so far has been reached.

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