U.S. and U.N. holds multilateral talks with Taliban
The U.N.’s special envoy for Afghanistan is expected to arrive in Qatar on March 9 to meet with Afghan government and Taliban representatives t negotiate the fractious Afghan peace process.
The U.N. visit comes as the U.S. State Department is undergoing a series of diplomatic efforts to to shake-up the stalled Qatari-hosted talks between the warring sides, including proposals for an interim government.
With little or no progress recorded in recent peace negotiations and escalating violence in the regions, the U.S. aims to build consensus around alternative options with all Afghan sides and key regional players.
Trump’s administration signed a scaled military forces withdrawal deal with the Taliban in February 2020 under which all international forces were expected to leave the country by May 1.
However, tension has risen and NATO called for several violation of the deals from the regional militant groups.
Washington said on March 7 that all options remain on the table for its remaining 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and that it had made no decisions yet about its military commitment after May 1.