The peace talks in Doha, Qatar, were previously described by Khalilzad as "more productive than they were in the past," signaling the first significant change in the geopolitical impasse for years. But he added that "nothing has been agreed until everything has been negotiated."
The parties are working on a ceasefire, which would lead to a consistent dialogue agreement, initially between the US and the Taliban, and then between the Taliban and the Afghan government, a source of knowledge about the talks, CNN said last week.
An Afghan source close to the talks told CNN on Monday that while one is considering a ceasefire and a US withdrawal, neither party has come to any definitive conclusions.
The source said the Taliban would not agree to a ceasefire without the US committing to a complete withdrawal of the troops, but the Americans want every withdrawal to be bound by the ceasefire. The Taliban are skeptical that the US will actually withdraw if the ceasefire is in force.
The source added that the US would not announce any plans to withdraw troops without the Taliban entering into discussions with the Afghan government. Khalilzad will stay in Kabul for more talks with the Afghan government on Monday, and there are discussions that Khalilzad may return to Afghanistan in early February before the next round of talks later that month.
Doha Progress Saturday, Taliban spokesman Zabihula Mujahid said the Doha talks had "made progress" on vital issues but added that "until agreement on the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan has been reached, progress on other questions are impossible. "
Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Tani called the six-day meeting "a significant step in the history of peace and reconciliation" in Twitter and urged regional and international actors to "unite and coordinate efforts and support #
Currently, the Pentagon is discussing the withdrawal on this issue, but the plan depends on the talks between the Afghan president and the Taliban, according to Tramp officials.
The United States has about 14,000 soldiers in the country, most of whom are present as part of a larger NATO mission for training, advice and assistance to Afghan forces. 19659004] Defense Minister Patrik Shanahan told reporters on Monday that the US talks with the Taliban were "encouraging," but when asked if he was "burdened to be ready for a total withdrawal," he replied, "I am not."
The conflict, known as America's longest war, spans more than 17 years, costs more than 2,400 American lives, billions of dollars, and spreads to its third US presidential administration. since 2014, said Afghan President Ashraf Ganye during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week.
CNN Jake Tapper, Kara Fox, Lauren Said-Moore and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.