Top UN Official Meets Taliban Negotiators in Qatar

Talks aimed at advancing peace process after Afghan govt no-show at last meeting

Progress on the Afghan peace process took a hit last week when a planned meeting between Taliban and Afghan government delegations was canceled. The Afghan government did not attend the meeting.

UN Afghan mission chief Tadamichi Yamamoto is trying to get the process back on track, and was in Doha on Thursday, meeting with Mullah Baradar and other members of the Taliban negotiation team.

Talks focused on advancing the peace process, improving access to humanitarian aid, and reducing civilian casualties. Ironically this comes just a day after a report showing civilian casualties from Afghan attacks are on the decline, and that most civilians are being killed in US and allied attacks.

The Taliban has shown willingness to meet with US and UN officials increasingly often as talks have progressed, but only once expressed willingness to meet with the Ghani government. With that meeting having failed, its unclear when that will happen again.

Author: Jason Ditz

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