USA hails Afghan peace talks with Taliban

USA hails Afghan peace talks with Taliban

President Donald Trump is impatient to pull the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, believing nothing more can be achieved from the military operation launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

A auto bomb targeted an office of Afghanistan's Intelligence Directorate (NDS) in Ghazni city, causing multiple casualties, according to the latest estimations.

The attack in Ghazni also injured at least 179 people, Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said in a tweet.

Three people out of those wounded were Afghani's relatives.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a WhatsApp message. "We want it and it is necessary for society, because media monitors the veins of society like a physician and then recommend them a solution, but freedom of the press should respect the faith and it should be used for the structure and construction of society not for destruction of individuals and society", he told TOLOnews.

The separate intra-Afghan talks set to start on Sunday are expected to be attended by around 60 delegates, including political figures, women and other Afghan stakeholders.

"Essentially the four items we have been talking about ever since we started (are) terrorism, withdrawal of foreign troops, inter-Afghan negotiations and dialogue, and ceasefire", Khalilzad told AFP.

U.S. -Taliban talks, the seventh since a year ago, are set to continue on Tuesday in Doha, as USA officials look to clinch a deal by September ahead of an expected Afghan presidential election. He said most of the injured suffered cuts and abrasions from broken glass.

The Taliban have steadfastly refused to negotiate with the internationally recognised government in Kabul.

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The Taliban s relationship with Al-Qaeda was the main reason for the U.S. invasion almost 18 years ago.

"That's certainly progress for the Taliban, but not for the U.S., which has repeatedly said that there can be no agreement until both sides agree on all the issues on the table", he underlined.

The Taliban spoke about "women s role, economic development, (and) the role of minorities" in a future settlement, she said.

'What is your definition of hijab?'

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"What is your definition of hijab?" she asked the Taliban on the first day of the talks.

Meanwhile, the US-Taliban negotiations will resume on Tuesday, with both sides aiming to hammer out the details of a framework agreement reached in January during the sixth round of their talks.

The blast in a crowded area of Ghazni city was the latest in a wave of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half of Afghanistan and continue to intensify attacks on Afghan forces despite increased efforts towards a peace agreement to end the 18-year war.

In areas of Afghanistan now under Taliban control, they have shown little evidence of updating their strict interpretation of Islamic law and women continue to face violent repression.

"But an agreement that is just between the USA and the Taliban is not a peace agreement for Afghanistan", she said.

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