Date :Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 | Time : 07:19 |ID: 82227 | Print

Saudi Arabia to host third round of Taliban peace talks

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SHAFAQNA- The United States and regional countries meet in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks for the next round of peace talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Saturday they would be hosting the next round of peace talks, probably in January, Arab News reported.

After a series of meetings recently between American diplomats and the Taliban in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, talks between the Americans, the Taliban, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates officials and Pakistan are set to take place in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, nytimes mentioned.

The Taliban refused to sit down with the Afghan delegation at earlier meetings held in Moscow and the United Arabic Emirates, however, and they have said that they will not meet with the Afghan delegation in Saudi Arabia either.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the leaders of the group would not talk to the Afghan government, thenational told .

“The Taliban have rejected Kabul’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants will meet US officials to further peace efforts”, a Taliban leader said on Sunday.

While it remains unclear if the recent meetings will result in negotiations that include Afghan officials, they do appear to have contributed to the Taliban’s growing public outreach efforts in the region. The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed on Tuesday that a delegation from the group had visited Tehran on Monday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and possible paths to peace and security in the region.

Taliban Attacks in Northern Afghanistan Kill 27 Security Officers

While, Saudi Arabia is to host third round of Taliban peace talks, at least 27 members of security forces in northern Afghanistan were killed by Taliban in a series of coordinated attacks on Tuesday, officials said, and dozens of others were wounded.

The deadliest violence took place in Sar-i-Pul Province, where the Taliban attacked Afghan security forces in three areas, killing a total of 21 people, officials said.


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