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Clay Curtis
November 21, 2020

The Afghan government and the Taliban have resolved key sticking points that had stalled peace talks for weeks, several sources told AFP on Friday, clearing the way for negotiations to move forward.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will arrive in Kabul tomorrow to strengthen bilateral ties and meet with President Ghani, Pakistan's Ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan, tweeted. But he stressed his concern that "despite the talks in Qatar, the level of violence is rising". "The whole objective of this visit is to build trust, to communicate more". Let us tell you that the Durand Line is a 2,640 km long border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The recent targeted attacks on Afghan security forces, universities, women in positions of responsibility and youth "only serve to highlight the concerted effort by terrorists and their sponsors to erode the gains of the last two decades", he said.

It said the USA would pull out 2,000 of its troops by mid-January that will leave only 2,500 in the region.

The Doha peace talks opened after the Taliban and Washington signed a deal in February, with the U.S. agreeing to withdraw all foreign forces in exchange for security guarantees and a Taliban promise to start talks.

Under the shadow of the rushed USA troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, India on Friday warned that terrorism from across the Pakistan border must end for peace in the country. This would leaving approximately 2,000 U.S. forces in place.

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Combo shows Prime Minister Imran Khan (L), former president Asif Zardar (C) and ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.

This was done first in direct talks with the United States, resulting in an agreement which led to the so-called intra-Afghan negotiations now underway in Doha.

The attack followed two magnetic bomb blasts in other parts of the city earlier in the day and add to a spate of violence that's continued throughout the country despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The insurgents, who hosted Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida until their regime was toppled by the 2001 US -led invasion, now have control over half of Afghanistan.

However, many Afghans still view Pakistan with deep mistrust, blaming it for the resurgence of the Taliban and for giving the insurgents a safe haven from which to operate.

Noting the extensive assistance that India has given Afghanistan at the cost of Indian lives, he referred to Pakistan's restrictions on India sending help to Afghanistan directly by land.

Abdullah, who shared power in Afghanistan's last government as chief executive and before that as foreign minister, cautioned that "a comprehensive settlement will come as a result of the negotiation between the Afghan government and the Taliban", regardless of any possible new input by the new USA administration.

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