U.S. floats draft for Afghanistan-Taliban peace deal

A U.S. Army Soldier patrols with Afghan soldiers to check on conditions in the village of Yawez in Wardak province Afghanistan Feb. 17 2010

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Some fear Afghanistan will descend into chaos if worldwide forces depart without a negotiated political settlement in place.

Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan appealed for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan and to the warring sides to avoid deaths in order to "create a favorable atmosphere for achieving a politico-diplomatic settlement".

"W$3 e do not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate", the statement said, using the Taliban's name for their own government.

The Russian and Turkish initiatives will run alongside the Qatar-hosted talks. "And the agreements that are to be reached have to include the interests of all parties".

The president laid blame for the delay on the previous administration.

The agreement Trump reached with the Taliban did not include the Afghani government, and USA intelligence later reported that the Taliban had "no intention of abiding by their agreement".

That idea is strongly opposed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who said elections are the only way to choose a government. Former US President Donald Trump cut troop numbers to the 2,500 in the country now during his final days in office.

The US and the Taliban (a terrorist organisation banned in Russia) struck a deal a year ago stipulating the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in exchange for certain steps by the Taliban.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the blast, but the Afghan government has blamed Taleban insurgents for recent attacks targeting government employees, civil society figures and journalists. The threat is a warning to resume attacks on U.S forces.

However, a United States scholar David Andelman told CNN on Wednesday he believed the Biden administration realised that "US troops will need to stay in Afghanistan for a very long time" but was reluctant to share this realization with the American people.

Under this diplomatic push, two more global conferences are expected as early as next month, one hosted by the United Nations and the other by Turkey.

Washington wants to jump-start the process and get the Taliban and Afghan government to agree to some form of power-sharing. That conference, which Ghani's government criticized as "little more than a political drama", paved the way for formal negotiations to start between Taliban and an Afghan government sanctioned delegation.

The Afghan government and the Taliban have been in peace talks since September 2020, but their negotiations have been stalled over ceasefire conditions, among other issues.

"I don't think a lot longer", Biden told Stephanopoulos on the length of sustaining troops in the middle east.

Kabulov said he hopes Iran will change its mind once tensions with the US decrease.

Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced it was sending its special envoy for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, to an Afghan peace conference in Moscow, which begins on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed a new personal envoy on Afghanistan and the region Wednesday.

Some diplomats and experts said that for the renewed peace push to succeed, Washington must align itself with countries including Russia, China and Iran, with which it has strained relations.

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