Taliban top negotiator declares no tangible breakthrough in talks with Americans

MOSCOW, Chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanizkai said on Tuesday that recent talks between the movement and American officials in Doha, Qatar, “were successful” however he affirmed that the two sides could to set a timetable for pullout of the American forces from Afghanistan.

Quoted by Interfax news agency, Mullah Stanizkai said that the American side did not agree to all terms set by the Taliban during the talks, hoping that there would be “further progress” in these discussions.

Moreover, the Taliban could not reach an accord with the Americans on a schedule for withdrawal of the American forces from Afghanistan. Nevertheless, “we are ready to wait for the pullout of the American forces from Afghanistan for months, but not years,” the chief negotiator added, in remarks to the Russian news agency, on sidelines of an inter-Afghan dialogue, hosted by Moscow.

He spoke identically with respect of the current talks among the Afghan groups in Russia. “We are acting to attain understanding and establish peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

The Russia hosted negotiations involve in addition to the Taliban, the former president, Hamid Karzai.

Source: Kuwait News Agency