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Intra-Afghan Peace Talks In Doha

The Afghan government ratcheted up pressure for a truce with the Taliban reiterating calls for a long-term ceasefire at talks in Qatar.

The two sides are in the early stages of meetings in the capital Doha in an effort to hammer out a deal bringing to a close 19 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan.

Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi tweeted that the presence of government negotiators at the talks is aimed at achieving a ceasefire, ending the violence and ensuring lasting peace and stability in the country.

A slick opening ceremony on Saturday saw the Afghan government and allies, including the U.S. Call for a ceasefire.

But the Taliban did not mention a truce as they came to the negotiating table.