We are at the threshold of an agreement, says Khalilzad
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation
Zalmay Khalilzad said in a tweet earlier this morning that the US and the
Taliban were “at the threshold of an agreement” that will reduce violence and
open the door for Afghans to sit together for negotiations.
“We’ve concluded this round of talks with the Taliban in Doha.
I’ll be traveling to Kabul later today for consultations,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Suhail Shaheen, spokesperson for Taliban
political office in Doha, said in a tweet that they had successfully concluded
the 9th round of direct talks with the US late last night, August 31.
He further went on to say that they had also agreed to
conclude some technical issues of the agreement with the US negotiating team at
2:00 PM today, September 01.
The 9th round of US-Taliban talks which started
on August 22 lasted for 10 days. The two sides were expected to reach an
agreement in this round of talks.
Earlier in June, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, said he
hoped for a peace deal with the Taliban before September 1st.
Counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal,
participation in intra-Afghan dialogue, and permanent and comprehensive
ceasefire are repeatedly said to be the four parts of the peace agreement.