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Bumpy road to Afghan peace

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

The Taliban have called off the fourth round of talks with the United States to be held in Doha due to disagreements over the inclusion of Afghan officials in the talks, among other issues. The Taliban continue to refuse to talk to the Afghan government in Kabul, which they see as a “puppet” regime. Many regional players and stakeholders including the United States, India and Russia have been trying to convince the Taliban to shed this demand of theirs and talk to the Afghan government, but to no avail.

So far, only the Russians have been able to get the Taliban representatives and those of the Afghanistan’s High Peace Council to sit in the same room. While Taliban officials were sent to Moscow by the Doha office of the Taliban, the Afghan government sent members of the peace council “in its own capacity as a national but non-government institution”.

The Taliban held a meeting with the American........

© The Express Tribune