KABUL: Peace talks between the Taliban and the US are progressing on a “step-by-step” foundation, a spokesperson from the militant group mentioned Sunday, following a bloody assault on a joint US-Afghan base claimed by the insurgents.
Conferences between the 2 sides restarted over the weekend in Doha after a brief halt late final week to permit for “inside deliberations”.
“The present spherical of talks in Doha are advancing on a step-by-step foundation. As the problem at hand is immensely essential and delicate, it is development is going down with that a lot care and vigilance,” mentioned Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a press release despatched to media.
The spokesperson added the negotiations proceed to focus totally on a possible US troop withdrawal and a pact to forestall Afghanistan from getting used as a secure haven for terrorists.
The most recent conferences comply with marathon talks in January that noticed the US and the Taliban stroll away with a “draft framework” on the 2 points.
“It must be talked about that no understanding has thus far been reached about any settlement or doc,” Mujahid added.
The US has not launched a press release concerning the standing of the talks.
A New York Instances report printed Thursday hinted that US forces may depart Afghanistan inside 5 years beneath a Pentagon plan supplied as a part of a possible take care of the Taliban to finish the almost 18-year battle.
The Taliban have been fast to reject the claims, saying they have been unaware of any such proposals made throughout the months-long diplomatic push.
The US has additionally pushed for a ceasefire and the opening of a dialogue between the Taliban and the Kabul authorities — calls for which were repeatedly rejected by the insurgents.
The continuation of the talks follows a significant assault on a joint US-Afghan base in southwestern Afghanistan’s Helmand province Friday, with not less than 23 safety forces killed within the hours-long assault on one of many largest navy installations within the nation.
Heavy snowfall throughout massive swathes of Afghanistan has led to a pointy discount in violence this winter, however hotter climate within the nation’s south will possible spark a rise in bloodshed with the arrival of the spring preventing season.
Analysts have warned that the Taliban are more likely to ramp up assaults within the coming months as they search to keep up momentum on the battlefield and leverage on the negotiating desk.