Pompeo slated to meet Doha negotiators following procedures' finalization


KABUL: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet the Afghan and Taliban peace negotiators in Doha on Saturday, as the negotiating sides have reportedly finalized the procedural rules which took more than two months of disputes and wrangling.

According to an AFP report, quoting the US State Department, Pompeo will meet the Afghan and Taliban teams separately in the Qatari capital Doha.

During his foray to Doha, Pompeo is also slated to meet Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and the country’s foreign minister.

Mike Pompeo is on a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East as the US President Donald Trump is shoring up late-term priorities.

This comes as sources familiar with the peace efforts indicated that the negotiators are close to an agreement on the negotiations’ procedural rules.

“We want to include ceasefire as a priority in their agenda once the two sides agree on the procedural rules of the talks,” a peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi has been quoted as saying.  

This comes as both sides have held more than ten meetings in small gatherings regarding the procedural rules since Sept. 12 when the intra-Afghan talks were launched.