Afghan politicians, Taliban meet in Doha as fighting continues

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Afghan politicians met with representatives of the Taliban insurgents in Qatar on Saturday with both sides calling for peace even as fighting escalates and uproots 1000’s of individuals. Two a long time of battle have taken a flip for the more severe as U.S.-led worldwide forces withdraw and the Taliban launch offensives round Afghanistan, taking districts and border crossings whereas encircling provincial capitals.

Negotiators have been assembly in Doha since September however didn’t make substantive progress with time operating out earlier than overseas troops’ full exit by Sept. 11.

“Let’s … take important steps to continue the peace process, to prevent the killing of the people,” Abdullah Abdullah, head of the federal government’s High Council for National Reconciliation, stated at first of recent high-level talks supposed to final two days.

“Because we cannot pay the price for this in blood and we cannot escape responsibility for it,” Abdullah stated.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy chief and negotiator, regretted lack of progress. “But there should still be hope and the Taliban will make efforts for talks to have positive result,” he stated.

In the newest influence of fighting, round 12,000 households in northern Takhar province have needed to flee their properties as fighting continues, native officers stated.

Many gathered at a faculty in the provincial capital with few provides. “We were not helped or even given a carpet. Not even a dog can live here,” Mohammad Amin, a kind of who had fled, advised Reuters.

In southern Kandahar province heavy fighting has taken place and the Taliban earlier this week seized Spin Boldak, an space on the border with Pakistan, although the Afghan authorities stated on Friday it had regained management of the border crossing.

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday whereas protecting a conflict between Afghan safety forces and Taliban fighters in the world.

Officials on the Pakistan aspect of the border stated the crossing had opened on Saturday, permitting a whole lot of Afghans stranded in Pakistan through the fighting to return.

More than 2,000 folks have been displaced in Kandahar this month, in keeping with the United Nations’ humanitarian company, and Kandahar’s provincial governor on Friday night declared a curfew in Kandahar metropolis at evening as a result of fighting.

The U.N. refugee company estimates 270,000 Afghans have been displaced contained in the nation since January, bringing the variety of folks compelled from their properties to greater than 3.5 million.

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