Taliban, Govt Negotiating Teams Confer on Resumption of Talks


KABUL: After a long stalemate, representatives from the Afghan government and Taliban peace delegations met in Doha, Qatar’s capital and discussed to resume intra-Afghan negotiations.
The two sides talked on the current situation in the country and stressed on acceleration of peace negotiations, officials of the two parties said in a series of tweets. 
Abdul Salam Rahimi and Fatima Gailani, members of the government’s negotiating team and several members of the Taliban’s negotiating team, including Mullah Baradar, held talks on the Afghan peace process. The Afghan government delegation tweeted that both sides stressed the importance of resuming peace talks after Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
Mohammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban in Qatar, said that both teams agreed to resume talks after Eid.
This meeting comes amid intensified clashes between the Taliban militants and Afghan security forces across the country.
Security situation in Afghanistan worsened particularly after the US announcement of unconditionally withdrawing all troops from the country by September 11.