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Afghan Government, Taliban Negotiating Teams hold Meeting in Doha

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting on Tuesday evening, the State Ministry for Peace Affairs said yesterday.
In a video clip sent to media, Afghan negotiation team member Nader Nadery said that the two sides assigned two members from each team as contact persons between the two sides.
Tuesday’s meeting was the second meeting between the two negotiating teams. Their first meeting was held hours after the opening ceremony of the negotiations on Saturday in which they formed to assign members of contact groups.
This comes as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi Tuesday and met with India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other senior Indian officials, according to a statement by India’s External Affairs Ministry.
Khalilzad discussed the recently inaugurated Afghanistan peace negotiations, the statement said.  The statement said that the United States and India share the view that the peace process must continue until there is agreement on a political roadmap and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.
Khalilzad stressed regional and international support is critical for the success of these negotiations and the implementation of any agreement, the statement added.

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