US urges Kabul, Taliban to return to negotiating table as Doha talks postponed


DOHA -- Talks between the Taliban and an Afghan delegation in Qatar appeared to have been suspended Friday (April 19), with Washington urging both sides to return to the table.

The intra-Afghan dialogue was originally scheduled to begin in Doha Saturday (April 20).

"We're in touch with all parties and encouraged that everyone remains committed to dialogue," US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.

"I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans," he said.

President Ashraf Ghani's administration on Tuesday (April 16) announced a list of 250 Afghans from all walks of life, including government figures, whom it wanted to send to the talks.

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