US Envoy Discusses Afghan Peace, Prisoners Swap with Taliban

KABUL (MEP) – U.S. envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has met with the Taliban Political Deputy in Qatar to review the implementation of a peace deal with the Taliban and speedy release of prisoners.

Taliban announced that Zalmay Khalilzad met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Qatar on Sunday.

“Both sides talked about speedy release of the prisoners and commencement of intra-Afghan negotiations, in addition to other relevant matters,” tweeted Suhail Shaheen, who speaks for the Taliban’s political office in Doha.

The meeting comes as US envoy has just started his new round of trips.

Last week, the U.S. State Department had said the “primary focus” of Khalilzad’s trip will be to “obtain agreement between the Afghan parties on the practical next steps necessary for a smooth start to intra-Afghan negotiations.”

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