Kabul, Taliban attain 1st written peace deal

KABUL, December 2

The Afghan Government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence.

The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered a breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire, even as Taliban attacks on Afghan government forces have continued unabated.

“The procedure, including its preamble of the negotiation, has been finalised and from now on, the negotiation will begin on the agenda,” Nader Nadery, a member of the Afghan Government’s negotiating team, said.

The Taliban spokesman confirmed the agreement on Twitter. “A joint working committee was tasked to prepare the draft topics for the agenda (of peace talks),” a joint statement from both sides said. — Reuters

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