U.S.-Taliban peace deal ready, to be signed at weekend, says Taliban’s Ex-Commander



The ninth round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban movement in the Qatari capital of Doha entered its eighth day on Thursday.

“On all occasions, both sides have agreed (on the peace deal), and the text is ready.

“There is no fuss (about the document), and on Saturday or Sunday the agreement will be signed between the Taliban and the U.S.,” Agha, who is close to the talks, said.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, said that the talks were still ongoing.

He noted that although U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad might leave for Kabul, his team would remain in Qatar.

The sides first have to go through some disputable issues before the the deal can to be signed, according to Shaheen.

Meanwhile, a source close to the Taliban told Sputnik that the talks were being held between the technical teams, which discussed the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan over a 15-month period, and termination of relations between the Taliban and terrorist groups.

The U.S. and the Taliban are attempting to reach a peace deal that would include the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban’s guarantees that the country will not be used as a safe haven for terrorists.

However, these talks exclude the Afghan government since the Taliban considers it a U.S. puppet.

“The (Afghan) government is inexperienced in a number of important and political issues and has recruited people who do not understand Afghanistan’s issues,” a former lawmaker, Haji Mohammad Nazer Ahmadzai, told Sputnik.

After the peace deal is signed, inter-Afghan talks between the Taliban and other political movements are expected to begin.

The Taliban insist that the Afghan authorities should participate in the talks not as a government but as a political movement.

According to the Afghan Peace Ministry, Kabul is preparing a delegation.

The U.S.-Taliban talks come ahead of the Sept. 28 presidential election in Afghanistan.

The Taliban have threatened to disrupt the election, while the government has vowed to safeguard the democratic process. (Sputnik/)

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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