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US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wants peace deal before July vote

US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wants peace deal before July vote

"Instead of legitimising the Taliban, giving them an worldwide stage to express their medieval and misogynistic agenda, the "delegation" could have stood with the nation's call, which is supporting the entity of the government", said Mr. Malikzada.

Additionally, the Taliban have promised not to provide shelter again to foreign extremists, but experts say they can not be trusted and even now are helping to hide foreign militants.

Mujahid said that while the Taliban do not have a codified manifesto, their "clear" objectives were the end of the occupation of Afghanistan, establishment of an Islamic government, establishment of peace and security, reconstruction of Afghanistan and the provision of administrative services.

Top Taliban leader Mullah Baradar who now leads the peace efforts with the United States, was released by Pakistan at the behest of the Trump Administration, a United States envoy said.

Critics are skeptical for a number of reasons, primarily because talks have not yet included the Afghan government, which the Taliban considers US-backed puppets.

A declaration was signed after the three days talks, stating that all parties in the conference have agreed that a dignified and lasting peace is the aspiration of all the people of Afghanistan and this principle has been achieved in Moscow.

US peace envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad says that although talks with the Taliban have produced the framework for a peace deal there is still a "long way to go" before a final agreement.

"I am not seeking to monopolise the diplomacy of peace", he said, and also offered rare praise to Pakistan, which he credited for helping push the Taliban to the negotiating table. "I would be wary of taking that and extrapolating off that and saying they're now on board with the peace process", said Jason Campbell, who was the Pentagon's Afghanistan country director until previous year and is now at the RAND Corporation think-tank.

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"There has been a positive change" in Pakistan's attitude in recent times, he said. Some at the Moscow meeting demanded the formation of an interim government to replace Ghani instead of holding presidential elections in July.

In his speech at the US Institute for Peace (USIP) on Friday afternoon, Mr Bhutto-Zardari noted that President Donald Trump's recent tweets and statements on Afghanistan indicated Washington's desire to leave the war-torn country. Karzai also dismissed U.S. claims about providing security for Afghanistan.

Late last month, 38 civilians and several Afghan soldiers were freed by the army from a Taliban detention center in southern Helmand province.

Afghan political analyst Mushtaq Rahim said there was a backlash in Afghan civil society against those who attended.

The roots of the conflict in Afghanistan is not only in Afghanistan but also in the broader region. The U.S. military turned its attention largely to Iraq in 2003, and eventually the Taliban were able to regenerate enough combat power to contest key battlefields, mainly in the south.

"There is an election, I know, that makes reaching a peace agreement particularly complicated". The problem is that so far it has led more of a parallel process than a helpful process because the Afghan government has not been at these Moscow-led talks. He also said Russian Federation wanted an intra-Afghan dialogue that included the Afghan government. He also clarified that the Taliban's negotiators agreed to the condition, but not its leadership.

The Taliban's refusal to engage with the administration was more than just stubbornness on their part, said analyst Rahim, who thinks if they sit with the administration, conversation would likely shift to how they can integrate into the system rather than "taking over the system".

On the heels of negotiations with the Doha, Qatar, from January 21 through January 26, Taliban leaders met with a Russian delegation for two days in Moscow earlier this week.