By Shadi Khan Saif
KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) - The Taliban in Afghanistan announced on Wednesday they would resume talks with the U.S. over the Afghan peace process in Doha, Qatar today.
The U.S. or the Afghan government have not commented on this short announcement by the insurgent group that has already held five rounds of talks with the U.S.
“Today Wednesday 1st of May 2019, 6th round of talks will take place between the Negotiation Team of Islamic Emirate [Taliban] & US in Doha,” Zabihullah Mujahed, the group’s spokesman tweeted.
Washington’s top peace negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad visited Pakistan from April 29 to 30 to gather support for the need to accelerate intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations as well as a reduction in violence.
Earlier this month, the U.S. expressed disappointment over postponement of the landmark peace conference between the Taliban and an Afghan peace delegation in Qatar.
Over 200 Afghan politicians and civil society representatives were set to meet the Taliban in the Qatari capital for what was set to be a momentous development endorsed by Kabul and Washington.
However, Taliban opposed and mocked the large size of the Afghan peace delegation saying the conference in Doha is not a 'wedding party'.
The proposed talks are since faced with a deadlock amid efforts to revive the nascent peace process as the raging war continues to claim more lives in the war-ravaged country.
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Afghan Taliban announce fresh round of talks with US
By Shadi Khan Saif