The agreement was held in pre-trial detention last month after the insurgents opposed the document because it specifically mentioned the Afghan government. The Taliban wanted the withdrawal agreement signed with the United States in February to be seen as the starting point for the talks. The Afghan government wanted recognition of a more democratic and political negotiating base. At a conference in Kabul, the Danes said the insurgents did not believe in a peaceful solution to the conflict. „We [the Afghan government] have neither signed nor ratified this agreement [the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement] and, from our point of view and commitments, we are not responsible for the details of its contents,“ he added. U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said on Twitter that the two sides had agreed on a „tripartite agreement that codifies the rules and procedures of their negotiations on a political roadmap and a comprehensive ceasefire.“ „This agreement shows that the parties to the negotiations can agree on difficult issues,“ Khalilzad said. Some Afghan government officials called on Biden to completely review the peace process, while Taliban officials called on the future president to continue to abide by the agreement. Key players such as Qatar, which is hosting the talks, and neighbouring Pakistan, whose government and army have helped pressure the Taliban to bring them to the negotiating table, also welcomed the agreement, which Doha described as a „milestone.“ “ (The agreement) is a step forward towards opening negotiations on the most important issues, including a comprehensive ceasefire as a central demand of the Afghan people,“ Afghan President Ashraf Ghani`s spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, said on Twitter, quoting the Afghan leader.
Last week, a Taliban spokesman tweeted that an agreement had been reached in mid-November, satisfying all parties. Ghani`s office rejected this assertion and stated that the two sides had agreed on the basic rules, but that they continued to debate the wording contained in the preamble. In their first public reaction to Democrat Joe Biden`s victory in the US presidential election, the Taliban said in a statement that the Doha agreement was „an excellent document to end the war and for a better future for both countries.“ The agreement comes after months of talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar, encouraged by the United States despite continued violence. KABUL – Peace talks led by the Taliban and Afghan government teams reached an agreement Wednesday on a set of rules and procedures, a minor but important step that will allow both sides to move forward after months of inaction in their quest for a political solution to end two decades of war. The Afghan government and Taliban negotiators in Qatar have agreed on the principles and procedures that will guide ongoing peace talks between them, the Taliban and Afghan government officials announced Wednesday, an important step that could pave the way for talks hampered by disagreements for more than two months. „The main obstacle that remains is the unacceptable level of violence at the moment: it must stop,“ the British mission in Kabul said on Twitter after the agreement. The statement on the group`s propaganda page was addressed to Biden and future U.S. governments that the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan would be in the interest of „our peoples and nations.“ The group also expressed its commitment to the agreement. The agreement to advance the substantive negotiations was welcomed by the United Nations, representatives of the countries in Kabul, Pakistan`s Afghan neighbour and Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, who called the announcements by the Afghan government and the Taliban an „important milestone“ on Wednesday. The four-part agreement between the United States