The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the outcome of Qatar talks with the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah.

The Office of the Chief Executive in a statement said Chief Executive Abdullah met with Ambassador Khalilzad in Sapidar Palace today, in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass.

The statement further added that foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani was also present in the meeting during which Ambassador Khalilzad shared details regarding the outcome of Qatar talks, his recent trips, progress, and existing challenges.

Ambassador Khalilzad quoted in the statement said negotiations have taken place regarding severance of Taliban ties with terrorists and timetable regarding the U.S. troops exit from Afghanistan, insisting that no final agreement has been reached in this regard so far.

He also added that initiation of intra-Afghan talks, ceasefire, and a peace deal to include the agreement of all Afghans, are among the main components of Qatar talks.

Ambassador Khalilzad said efforts are underway to launch an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue, emphasizing that no secret deal exists between U.S. and Taliban in ongoing negotiations and that only Afghans should decide regarding their future.


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