US-Taliban peace talks paused for first day of Ramadan in Qatar

US-Taliban peace talks paused for first day of Ramadan in Qatar

Peace talks in Qatar between the US delegation led by Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban movement were suspended for the beginning of Ramadan – when Muslims fast during the day – on Monday, RIA Novosti news agency reports.

“Monday is a day off, since the first day of Ramadan, after that, negotiations would be resumed on two key issues,” said interlocutor to the agency.

In a tweet, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said the main issues in negotiations with the Americans are the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and the ban on using its territory against any country.

Earlier, the Qatar Foreign Ministry reported that during the negotiations between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, four aspects are being discussed: the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the prevention of the use of the country’s territory against other states, the reduction of violence and the convening of inter-Afghan dialogue.

Nury AMANOV