No breakthrough but US, Taliban hail progress in Doha talks.

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US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their 16-days round of talks in Doha yesterday with progress on some key issues but without producing a major breakthrough. US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the talks have improved the conditions for peace in the country.

In a series of tweets after the conclusion of the talks in the Qatari capital, Khalizad said peace requires agreement on four issues: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue and a comprehensive ceasefire. He said they agreed in the draft on counter-terrorism assurances and troop withdrawal.

A spokesperson for the Taliban, meanwhile, said progress was achieved on the issue of withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesperson said his government, is pleased with the progress made.

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