PressTV-Foreign troops to leave Afghanistan in 18 months: Source

The US envoy leading the so-called “peace talks” with the Taliban terrorist group has confirmed “significant progress” in the negotiations amid claims by the group that the American side has agreed to a troop-withdrawal deal.

“Meetings here were more productive than they have been in the past. We have made significant progress on vital issues,” Zalmay Khalilzad said in a Twitter message on Saturday from Qatar, where the talks have been underway for the past six days.

Khalilzad noted, however, that no deal had yet been finalized with the militant group that has claimed responsibility for numerous bombings and terror attacks against the Afghan government and civilian targets as well as on the US-led foreign troops in the war-torn country. He further expressed confidence that talks would resume shortly.

“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and everything must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive…

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