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US pushes ahead with Taliban peace deal despite reported involvement in carrying out bounties on US troops

Added 07-04-20 08:57:02am EST - “The U.S.'s envoy to Afghanistan signaled Saturday that Washington intends to continue pursuing a peace deal with the Taliban despite recent reports of its involvement in carrying out Russian bounties on U.S. and coalition servicemembers…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “US pushes ahead with Taliban peace deal despite reported involvement in carrying out bounties on US troops”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S.’s envoy to Afghanistan signaled Saturday that Washington intends to continue pursuing a peace deal with the Taliban despite recent reports of its involvement in carrying out Russian bounties on U.S. and coalition servicemembers in the country.

Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been carrying out negotiations with the militant group and has pushed for the implementation of a peace deal signed in February, was completing a week-long trip to Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Qatar, where the Taliban negotiation team is headquartered. Khalilzad sent a series of tweets Saturday touting the economic benefits of the February agreement, saying implementing the deal would benefit all parties. 

“In follow on mtg w/ the Taliban, we underscored the econ development oppts that will follow a sustainable peace. We agreed developing plans in support of peace can never start too early, assuming the 2 sides can overcome final hurdles on the path to intra-Afghan negotiations,” Khalilzad tweeted.

“Mullah Baradar and his team were engaged and the Taliban recognize all Afghans will have to make compromises in order to draw in the required investment in Afghanistan's future,” he added, referring to the Taliban’s negotiation team.

3/3 Mullah Baradar and his team were engaged and the Taliban recognize all Afghans will have to make compromises in order to draw in the required investment in Afghanistan's future.

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