The U.S. officials have said the military presence in Afghanistan remains conditions-based as the Taliban group claims that the ongoing negotiations regarding Afghan peace process in UAE is focused on U.S. forces withdrawal from Afghanistan only.

Robert Palladino, deputy spokesperson of the State Department said “The United States military presence in Afghanistan remains conditions-based, and that’s the cornerstone of the administration’s strategy.”

“The special representative continues to work with all interested parties in close coordination with the Afghan people and the Afghan  Government to facilitate intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations,” he added.

This comes as negotiations between the United States and Taliban are underway in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Saudi, Pakistani, and UAE officials.

Taliban militants group has said the ongoing talks in United Arab Emirates are focused on withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said no discussion has taken place regarding an interim government, ceasefire, and elections.

Earlier, reports had also emerged suggesting that the Taliban political leaders have shared the issue of the release of prisoners and removal of the names of Taliban leaders from the UN black list as well as the formal inauguration of Taliban’s political office in Qatar.


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