Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Doha

US hopes for tangible progress in latest round of talks

The next round of negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban are set to start in Doha on Tuesday, returning to the effort to establish an agenda for the deeper portions of the peace negotiations to come.

The two sides made some agreements up to the point of the agenda in December, but then chose to take a break for consultations. The expectation is that both sides will prioritize a ceasefire as one of the first things on return.

US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad says the US hope is that the talks will lead to “tangible progress.” The ceasefire certainly fits the bill. Khalilzad said both sides need to be willing to make compromises to get that done.

The Taliban has offered a series of proposals for the agenda, and Afghan leaders are calling for more transparency on their part. It is not clear what the big obstacles will be for this round, and there is plenty of mistrust on both sides with the fighting having continued through the latest pause in talks.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.