The Taliban have made it clear that they do not want to talk peace with West-backed Afghanistan government.
The Taliban leaders are meeting U.S. officials in Saudi Arabia to continue the peace efforts. Kabul had offered to hold peace talks with Taliban leader there. The militants, who are fighting to reinstate harsh Islamic law in Afghanistan, have dismissed the offer.
Officials of the United States, Taliban and regional countries have met in the United Arab Emirates to talk about the end of the 17-year long war.
Taliban leader Zabihullah Mujahid has said that they will interact with U.S. officials in coming January to continue the dialogue that was unfinished in Abu Dhabi. He, however, made it clear that no formal talks will take place with the Afghan government.
The Taliban wants to arrive at an agreement with the United States officials as the US troops had overturned the Taliban government in 2001. Since then, US troop is the main force that is continuing this 17-year-long fight with the militant group.
The peace effort has escalated since the Taliban decided to meet U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in 2018. To talk about a ceasefire in the upcoming year and withdrawal of the international forces, the officials of the conflicting sides have met at least three times this year.
A close aide to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that the government is trying to initiate a direct line of diplomatic talks with the militant groups. The President has made it clear that the peace talks should be led by the Afghan government. The United States has also acknowledged this demand and insisted that Afghans must lead the final deal.
Recently, the President of United States Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the forces from Syria. Some of the biggest media houses are reporting that he is speculating about a partial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as well.