KABUL, Afghanistan – Gen. Scott Miller, commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaking during a visit to the eastern province of Laghman, called the ongoing negotiations in Doha “very promising” yet include some rising concerns about civilian casualties.
“Discussions in Doha are very promising and important for the Afghan people, we also know the Taliban violence has to go down,” said Miller as quoted by TOLOnews.
“Personally I am a little concerned about the civilian casualties…the results of bombs that civilians keep striking, and we need to bring the violence down, that is the will of the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Acting Minister of Defense Asadullah Khalid said, “We are hopeful about a ceasefire in the coming days.”
The remarks came at a time Afghan and Taliban delegations are debating in Doha to finalize an agenda for the intra-Afghan talks that will determine a political settlement in Afghanistan, as well as, the achievement of the past two decades.
Peace talks between the Afghan representative and the Taliban delegations began in Qatar on Saturday, September 12, with officials from different nations and international organizations attending or speaking virtually at the opening ceremony.