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Top NATO and Taliban Officials Discuss Reduction in Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

NATO’s civilian representative to Afghanistan met the Taliban leadership in Doha to discuss the need to curb civilian casualties in the war-torn country, a spokesman for the political office of the Taliban said.

The Killid Group
8 Oct 2020
Top NATO and Taliban Officials Discuss Reduction in Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan
“I met the Taliban representation in Doha. I reiterated #NATO’s support to sustainable peace in #Afghanistan which responds to the wishes of the Afghan people." - NATO Senior Civilian Representative (Photo by: Twitter/August 27)

The meeting between Taliban deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, took place yesterday in the Qatari capital of Doha, said Mohammad Naeem Wardak, a spokesman for the Qatar-based Taliban office.

“The meeting covered the current situation of Afghanistan, a reduction in civilian casualties and the peace process,” he said in a thread on Twitter.

The spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha also said on Twitter that the meeting discussed the importance and implementation of February’s agreement.

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The visit comes as Afghan and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Doha since Sept. 12 and are still working out on rules and procedures for the intra-Afghan talks aimed at ending Afghanistan’s longest war.

The agenda of peace negotiations on issues to be covered and how to be negotiated will be discussed and agreed to after both sides come to an agreement on the rules and procedures.

The already-delayed intra-Afghan negotiations, the result of an agreement between Washington and the Taliban, are to begin after the Taliban negotiators agree to rules and procedures as well as an agenda for the peace talks with a team representing the Afghan government.

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