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Taliban: Talks Focus on US Withdrawal  12/19 06:29

   ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Taliban say their latest talks with the U.S. envoy 
focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, the release of 
prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces.

   U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban this week in the 
United Arab Emirates, with Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati officials also 
participating. The Afghan government sent a delegation to the UAE but it did 
not take part in the talks.

   Khalilzad tweeted Wednesday that the talks were "productive," without 
mentioning the Taliban by name.

   Since being appointed in September, Khalilzad has met with all sides to try 
to restart peace talks aimed at ending America's longest war.

   The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful than 
at any time since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.


(KA)

 
 
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