Taliban says talks with U.S. end without a deal


Peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban are in the eighth round, reports said.

"Work was tedious & effective". Now both sides will consult with their leadership on the next steps, a Taliban spokesman said Monday.

There was no immediate comment on Monday from USA envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who on Sunday tweeted that "I hope this is the last Eid where #Afghanistan is at war".

He did not explain further nor did the chief American negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, about the outcome of the negotiations with the insurgent group.

"We've concluded this round of talks that started Aug 3 between the USA and the Taliban".

The two sides have reported good progress in talks and it is expected that the two sides will sign an agreement in coming days. "They were productive. I am on my way back to DC to consult on next steps", Khalilzad tweeted Monday.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the negotiations in the Qatari capital, Doha, ended early on August 12, adding: "It was long and useful".

"Peace is the demand of every Afghan and there is no doubt that peace is coming".

Last week, another Taliban spokesman had said a deal was expected to follow this round as both sides seek an end to the almost 18-year war, America's longest conflict. I know Afghans yearn for peace. "But we want a peace in which each Afghan has dignity".

Ghani and his USA -backed government have not been involved in months of negotiations between Washington and the Taliban on an agreement for US troops to leave in exchange for a Taliban promise that Afghanistan will not be used by militants to plot attacks.

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Afghanistan's president on Sunday rejected foreign interference as the United States and the Taliban appear to be closing in on a peace deal without the Afghan government at the table.

The U.S. -Taliban dialogue, however, has been under fire from the outset for excluding the Afghan government. The Taliban refuse to recognize or negotiate with it.

FILE - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani attends the first day of campaigning in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 28, 2019.

Ghani, stung by being excluded from the peace talks, on Sunday pleaded for national unity.

"Our future can not be decided outside, he said, adding: "The fate of Afghanistan will be decided here in this homeland. The fate of Afghanistan will be decided here in this homeland", he said".

"We want peace and we want participation in the peace process".

The Afghan government has not been involved in the talks.

"Many scholars believe that the deeper meaning of [Eid Al-Adha] is to sacrifice one's ego. Leaders on all sides of the war in Afghanistan must take this to heart as we strive for peace", he tweeted.

This comes as negotiations are underway between the US and Taliban leaders to find a political settlement to the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.