Pompeo to satisfy Taliban negotiators in Qatar: State Division

ABU DHABI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will Saturday meet negotiators from the Taliban and Afghan authorities amid indicators of progress of their talks as america accelerates its withdrawal.
The State Division stated late Friday that Pompeo will meet individually within the Qatari capital Doha with Afghan and Taliban groups to the talks.
Pompeo can even see Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the international minister on his cease to Doha, the Taliban’s base for diplomacy each with the Kabul authorities and earlier america, the State Division stated on its public schedule.
The outgoing prime US diplomat is on a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Center East as President Donald Trump shores up late-term priorities.
Earlier within the week, the Pentagon stated it might quickly pull some 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan, rushing up the timeline established in a February settlement between america and the Taliban that envisions a full US withdrawal in mid-2021.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to finish “eternally wars,” together with in Afghanistan, America’s longest-ever battle that started with an invasion to dislodge the Taliban following the September 11, 2001 assaults.
President-elect Joe Biden, in a uncommon level of settlement with Trump, additionally advocates winding down the Afghanistan battle though analysts imagine he is not going to be as wedded to a fast timetable.
The Taliban for the primary time is talking to Afghanistan’s authorities, which underneath heavy US strain launched militants to satisfy the insurgents’ circumstances.
The talks had proven little signal of progress however a number of sources instructed AFP on Friday that the 2 sides seem to have resolved a key sticking level on the foundations of the negotiations.
The Taliban, who’re Sunni hardliners, have been insisting on adherence to the Hanafi college of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, however authorities negotiators stated this may very well be used to discriminate in opposition to Hazaras, who’re predominantly Shiite, and different minorities.

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