Afghan Negotiators Declare First Round of Talks Over, Announce 23-Day Break

Govt team returns to Kabul for consultations

A week ago, the Afghan peace talks in Doha had made great progress, and three straight days of talks had high hopes. They took a couple of days off, however, and now they are declaring the whole round of talks over.

The Afghan government’s negotiators are heading back to Kabul, and the process has at least a 23-day break. Rules for the talks were decided, but the agenda was meant to be settled in the coming days, and that’s on hold now.

Nothing new is decided, and there is still no ceasefire deal. That, and mounting violence, are fueling pessimism about the talks just days after a lot of optimism on the process.

Afghan officials are suggesting doing away with Doha entirely, and holding the next talks in Afghanistan. That seems highly unlikely without the ceasefire deal in place.

Author: Jason Ditz

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