KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Qatar on Sunday, officials said, for high-level negotiations between the insurgents and American diplomats to end the long Afghan war. 19659002] The next round of talks scheduled to start in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Monday will focus on the details of a framework agreement agreed by both sides in principle last month, with US forces withdrawing from Afghanistan In return for a guarantee from the Taliban that the territory in Afghanistan would never be used by terrorists.
The negotiations so far have excluded the Afghan government. American officials said a final agreement with the United States requires the insurgents to meet with Afghan officials and declare a ceasefire to relieve the burden of a war that costs its lives in record numbers.
Mullah Baradar's travel from Pakistan to Doha, where he was held for years, was confirmed by a Western official attentive to peace development and a former Taliban official still in contact with the group.
"Mullah Baradar reached Doha an hour ago and he will attend peace talks Khalilzad," said former Taliban representative Sayid Akbar Agha.