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Results of the First Round of Talks Between the USA and the Taliban

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11.02.2019

January 2019 saw the conclusion of the first round of talks between the USA and the Taliban, which took place in Qatar. The Afghan Taliban and the official representatives of the USA reached preliminary agreement on three key issues:

- the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan within 18 months;

- an exchange of prisoners;

- the lifting of the travel ban on Taliban leaders, and their removal from the UN’s blacklist.

In turn the Taliban agreed, among other things, not to allow terrorist organisations, including Al Qaeda and DAESH (an organisation prohibited in Russia) or any other armed grouping to carry out attacks on Afghan civilians or authorities, the USA, or any of its allies.

The second round of talks is scheduled for the end of February 2019. The USA and the Taliban plan to sign an official agreement on the above points. The agreement is expected to be fairly strict. The Taliban delegation will be headed by its lead negotiator, Abdul Ghani Baradar.

After the above steps have been completed (in 2021), Afghanistan will embark on an internal regulation process, which will involve two stages:

- the entry into effect of a general ceasefire between the opposing sides;

- the formation of a temporary government, to be elected for a term of three years: the Taliban will nominate its own representatives for election to this body;

- the Taliban propose a reform of the Afghan police, including local police authorities (which have been accused of being extremely corrupt and........

© New Eastern Outlook