Taliban Chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhund has agreed to a brief ceasefire for the peace talks resumption with the United States that may reach a deal signing stage this time.

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been pushing the Taliban to agree to a brief ceasefire before signing of the peace agreement.

Khalilzad paused the negotiations in Qatar last month after the Taliban attacked the Bagram airfield north of Kabul that killed at least two people and injured nearly 70 others.

The Taliban leadership council has held two meetings over the past few weeks to review Khalilzad’s proposal and agreed to declare a ceasefire for 7 to 10 days, a Taliban official said.

A Taliban leader told media that a majority of the ‘shura’ members had agreed to the ceasefire and sent the recommendation to the supreme leader, who approved the proposal.

“The Qatar political office was scheduled to share the decision with Khalilzad in Qatar on Wednesday to get his response,” he said.

“If Khalilzad agreed to the proposal, we will announce the brief ceasefire and the long-awaited peace agreement will be signed during this period,” the Taliban leader said.


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