NEXT ROUND OF AFGHANISTAN TALKS TENTATIVELY SET FOR FEB 25
Last Updated: 2019-01-29
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DOHA, Jan 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Another round of peace talks between Afghanistan’s Taliban and the United States is tentatively set for Feb. 25, a Qatari foreign ministry official said.

A draft pact was reached to potentially end the United States’ longest war during an earlier talks held here.

“Both parties agreed tentatively to reconvene on February 25th,”

The draft deal, agreed after six days of talks last week, stipulates that U.S. troops would leave within 18 months of the agreement being signed, potentially ending the war more than 17 years after American-led forces invaded Afghanistan.

According to Taliban sources, the hardline Islamic group gave assurances that Afghanistan will not be allowed to be used by al-Qaeda and Daesh militants to attack the United States and its allies - a key early demand of Washington.

The U.S. peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad briefed Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on the outcome of the talks, after a six-day discussion. -- NNN-AGENCIES