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U.S. Secretary of State in Kabul (BNA) Michael Pompeo met with negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar on Saturday to discuss issues related to the peace process and a ceasefire, his office confirmed in a statement.

According to senior deputy US State Department spokesman Cale Brown, Pompeo “commended both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made.

“Secretary Pompeo and negotiators discussed ways to reduce violence, and he urged expedited discussions on a political roadmap and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” Brown said in a statement.

“Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the Afghan people hope and deserve to live in peace and security after 40 years of war and bloodshed,” added Mr. Brown. The United States Special Representative for Reconciliation in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, was also present at the meetings.

The Afghan negotiating team said in a tweet on Saturday evening that “during the meeting Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Minister of State for Peace Affairs and member of the negotiating team thanked the United States for its support continued to Afghanistan over the years. Naderi also called on the United States to continue supporting Afghanistan, even after the signing of a peace agreement. ”

Members of the negotiating team said the Afghan people wanted to preserve the gains of the past two decades in the country. They also said that the escalation of violence after the release of 5,000 Afghan prisoners was unacceptable and in conflict with the Doha Agreement, ”the negotiating team tweeted.

The Afghan Discussion Team told Pompeo that the Afghan people want a permanent ceasefire.

“During the meeting, members of the negotiating team declared that the ongoing war in Afghanistan is against Islam and its continuation is unacceptable to the international community,” the Afghan discussion team tweeted.

“During the meeting, Mike Pompeo, referring to US support for the peace process, said that lasting peace is a common goal of both countries.

The country’s support for a lasting peace in Afghanistan will continue, as will long-term commitments to the Afghan people, ”the team said.

 

 

 

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