Taliban deny news on formation of interim government

A report by Al Jazeera says that the U.S. and the Taliban have reached agreement over formation of a 14-month interim government as a part of peace deal, which expected to be signed in the next few days.

The Pakistani newspaper, The Dawn, quoting Taliban chief spokesperson Suhail Shaheen reported that the United State and the Afghan Taliban reached an agreement on a time frame of pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan. 

“We have an agreement on a time frame for the withdrawal” he told Dawn from Doha over the phone. “Discussions are now focused on its implementation mechanism.”

U.S. special representative on Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban negotiator Sher Abbas Stanikzai kicked off 9th round of peace talks on Tuesday, August 20.

The U.S and the Taliban negotiate over four key issues, including a U.S. troop withdrawal, ceasefire, intra-Afghan negotiations, and Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan will not become safe heavens of global terrorist groups.

During an interview with a local TV, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stated that his government would see the final draft of a U.S.-Taliban agreement for a “comprehensive discussion” before it was signed.

Reports suggested that the U.S. and the Taliban likely will sign peace accord in the next few days.

Meanwhile, local outlets, quoting Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, reported that no talks on formation interim government was exchanged between the US and the Taliban.