Negotiations for a cease fire and peace process could be nearing a breakthrough as the U.S., Russia and China are preparing to put pressure on the Taliban to hold direct talks with the sitting Afghan government. Reuters reports (abridged):
KABUL (Reuters) – Russia, the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians, an important step in a process aimed at ending the Afghan war.
Representatives of the three countries will meet in Moscow on Thursday hoping to accelerate the pace of talks with the Taliban…
The Taliban have long refused to talk to the U.S. backed-Afghan government, denouncing it as foreign “puppet”, and fighting has seen no let-up. The Taliban announced the launch of their annual Spring offensive this month.
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