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Breakthrough Reported in Afghan-Taliban Talks in Doha

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DOHA, 30 November, 2020, (TON): A breakthrough was reported from Doha as the two negotiating teams have agreed to include the US-Taliban deal, UN endorsements for Afghan peace process, commitments of the negotiating teams and will of the Afghan people as the base for upcoming negotiations.

Negotiators from both sides of the Afghan peace negotiations have conflicting accounts about the reports of recent progress in their talks.

However, sources close to the Taliban have said that a continued disagreement could push the talks into a deadlock.

Earlier, a Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem, tweeted that negotiators from both sides for the Afghan peace process have agreed on procedural rules with 21 items on the 15th of November 2020, for the talks to proceed.

However, the republic’s team have said that the procedural rules are still not finalized and the preface needs more explanation.

Dawa Khan Menapal , a deputy spokesman to President Ashraf Ghani said “The delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is there with full authority in hand. The foundation of the talks are the Constitution of Afghanistan and the proposals made by the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace.”

The Taliban insists that if a dispute emerges during the negotiations, the solution must be sought using the Hanafi jurisprudence and that the foundation for the talks should be the peace deal that the group signed with the US in late February.

But the Afghan republic's team has rejected the Taliban’s demands and has suggested some alternatives.

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