Kabul: The Taliban confirmed that stalled peace talks in Doha with the United States had “resumed” three months after they were abruptly called off by US President Donald Trump.
“Today the Islamic Emirate Negotiation team, led by respected Mullah Baradar Akhund, resumed the talks with the US negotiation team from where they were called off,” Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s spokesperson for their office in Qatar, said on Twitter on Saturday, Efe news reported.
“Talks were held about the signing of the agreement and other related issues and the talks will continue tomorrow as well,” Shaheen said, referring to a draft agreement that was “completed” during the ninth round of talks between the two sides before Trump called off dialog in September.
Anas Haqqani, the son of the founder of the deadly Haqqani network insurgent group, who was released in November from an Afghan jail during a prisoner swap, took part in Saturday’s talks, according to Shaheen.
Haqqani and two other high-ranking Taliban members were released by the Afghan government with US mediation in exchange for two western professors as a trust-building measure. (IANS)