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Sixth round of talks between US, Taliban to start in Doha on Wednesday: Taliban

The sixth round talks between US and Taliban negotiators will begin in Qatar on Wednesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet.

According to Tolonews, US and Afghan officials have not commented on the development.

The US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who will lead the talks from the United States sides, concluded his Islamabad visit on Tuesday.

Khalilzad said in a tweet that Pakistan supports efforts to accelerate intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, and is committed to helping reduce violence in Afghanistan. “Everyone I saw recognizes the benefit peace will bring to the region,” Khalilzad said.

“I’m also encouraged by the role Pakistan wants to play in building regional consensus in support of the Afghan peace process. The time to implement has come,” he added.

Two analysts who are familiar with the US-Taliban talks in Doha, told TOLOnews on Tuesday that the next round of the talks will begin on Wednesday.

“According to my information, (Zalmay) Khalilzad will go to Qatar to start the sixth round of talks with the Taliban and this will happen before Ramadhan,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

“The Taliban say that the negotiations will again continue on the timeline for the withdrawal of US forces from the country,” said Wahid Muzhda, a political analyst in Kabul.

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