Agenda consultations: Peace negotiators rise for 3-week break

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KABUL: The Afghan government and the Taliban negotiators on Saturday agreed on a break from Doha’s negotiations until January 5 following three-month-long discussions on initial procedures for the talks. 


Meanwhile, both sides confirmed and announced that they had shared preliminary ideas on agenda matters but further discussions were still needed.


Nader Nadery, the Afghan peace negotiating team member, said “Shared initial lists of agenda items and conducted preliminary discussions on the list.”


“Since the agenda items need further consultations, the two sides agreed for a recess & to resume the 2nd round of talks on January 5, 2021,” he tweeted on Saturday. 


Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem also tweeted that both teams will take a break and soon return to the negotiation table by January 5 of 2021.


This is while during the past three months of peace negotiations, the sides have so far only agreed on contentious working procedures, setting the stage for the agenda and more substantive discussions.