The peace negotiations between the Taliban and the US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad resumed on Thursday after the Taliban announced their Chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhund has agreed to a 10-day ‘ceasefire’.

The Taliban and US envoy have discussed over a ‘peace deal’ signing, a spokesperson to Taliban delegation, Suhail Shaheen tweeted.

“Taliban’s negotiators headed by Mullah Brother Akhund and the US delegation led by Zalmay Khalilzad have discussed over a ‘peace deal’ signing,” Shaheen said.

According to Shaheen, the discussions will continue for the next few days in Qatar between the Taliban and US delegations.

There are hopes that the talks between the Taliban and the United States which started almost a year ago will result in a ‘peace deal’ in the coming weeks which will be followed by another phase of Intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan elders and politicians that might include representatives from the Afghan government too.

The Afghan government is pushing for a ‘ceasefire’ before an Intra-Afghan talks start.

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser, on Wednesday at the Raisina Dialogue multilateral conference in New Delhi, said, “peace in our country is a long overdue, and Afghans demand it more than anything else.” The persistent fear that they might be the next target of terrorist attacks has become a common threat.

He further added that a ceasefire is a suitable mechanism to bring everyone, including the government and our enemies around the negotiation table and to take their commitment for sustainable peace in Afghanistan and to maintain their part of a future deal.

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