US special envoy for Afghan Peace Reconciliation has left Washington for Doha, Qatar.
“Ambassador Khalilzad will also meet with the negotiating teams to hear updates on their efforts to negotiate a settlement and bring an end to forty years of war,” the United States department of state said in a released statement.
US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation tweeted that he was “Headed back to Doha and the region to meet with partners on Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace negotiations and prospects for increased regional connectivity, trade, and development following peace”.
Khalilzad also tweeted, that “The Afghan people and international community are watching closely and expect the negotiations to make progress toward producing a roadmap for Afghanistan’s political future and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”.
Reports indicate, there are still 2 sticking points, which the critics have said that a mediator will be needed to push it for finalization.
Last week the negotiations were reportedly halted due to dispute over the religious jurisprudence and recognition of the US-Taliban agreement signed in February.