9 months US, Kabul draft deal for peace talks Manilatimes |World
KABUL: The US and the Taliban had drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for peace talks with Kabul, Washington’s main negotiator was quoted as saying Monday, but major hurdles including a ceasefire and a withdrawal of foreign forces remain. The comments by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to the New York Times are the clearest signal yet from a US official that talks between Washington and the militants are progressing, igniting hopes of a breakthrough in the grinding 17-year conflict. Khalilzad has been leading a months-long diplomatic push to convince the Taliban to negotiate with the ... more