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No deal signed as US, Taliban wrap up talks

Published: August 12, 2019 20:53:47 | Updated: August 13, 2019 16:01:48


 

The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday without any sign a peace deal had been reached for Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps.

 A Taliban spokesman had said last week that this eighth round of talks would conclude with a deal to end the nearly 18-year war, America's longest, reports AP.

The two sides have been discussing an agreement under which US forces would withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban would guarantee the country would not revert to being a launch pad for global terrorist attacks.

 US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the talks that began on Aug 03 in the Gulf nation of Qatar were "productive" and that he was heading to Washington for consultations.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid called the discussions "long and useful." Neither provided details on their outcome.

 The Taliban have continued to stage near-daily attacks across Afghanistan despite the months of negotiations with the U.S.

The attacks mainly target Afghan forces and government officials but also kill many civilians .

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