US special envoy congratulates Afghan leaders on 'inclusive' team for Taliban talks

Published: March 27, 2020
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Khalilzad says consensus will move parties significantly closer to intra-Afghan negotiations. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Khalilzad says consensus will move parties significantly closer to intra-Afghan negotiations. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KABUL: The US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad congratulated Afghan political and civil society leaders on Friday on forming a negotiating team for talks with Taliban.

“This consensus is a meaningful step that moves the parties significantly closer to intra-Afghan negotiations,” he said on Twitter.

Late on Thursday, Afghanistan’s government announced a 21-member team to negotiate with the Taliban, in a tentative sign of progress for the United States-brokered peace deal that had previously been marred with delays, in part due to a bitter feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah.

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