Russia, US push Afghan enemies to accept interim govt

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Russian Federation hosted a peace conference for Afghanistan on Thursday, bringing together government representatives and their Taliban adversaries along with global observers in a bid to help jump-start the country's stalled peace process.

The Biden administration is considering a six-month extension for American troops in Afghanistan, just weeks before the May 1 deadline that the Trump administration had negotiated with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country, according to a defense official. That violation would not be from our side. The organisation vowed to end its attacks against USA forces and engage in peace talks with Kabul.

The agreement Trump reached with the Taliban did not include the Afghani government, and USA intelligence later reported that the Taliban had "no intention of abiding by their agreement".

The implication of it all, Judy, the U.S.is asking the Afghan president and the government to step down before a negotiated peace deal.

Acknowledging that the Taliban may not keep their promises, Trump told reporters after announcing the deal that Afghanistan would have to "take care of themselves" and that the United States should not be present there for another 20 years.

The United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan have called on all parties in Afghanistan to reduce violence and the Taliban to forego their Spring offensive, the yearly renewal in attacks after a winter lull, in order to facilitate peace negotiations.

Under the deal struck with the Taliban previous year, the insurgents vowed not to allow territory to be used by "terrorists" - the original goal of the United States invasion following the September 11, 2001 attacks. It appears the White House is struggling to decide whether to end the almost two decade-long war or to prolong conflict by remaining in Afghanistan.

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The Taliban, who during their rule imposed a harsh brand of Islam, now control about half of the country.

Moscow, which fought a 10-year war in Afghanistan that ended with Soviet troops' withdrawal in 1989, has made a diplomatic comeback as a mediator in Afghanistan, reaching out to feuding factions as it jockeys with the US for influence in the country.

The Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed to try to accelerate peace talks, at a meeting in Moscow that followed an global conference there on the peace process, a senior Afghan official was quoted as saying.

President Trump arranged an end to America's longest war by negotiating with the Taliban to sever its ties with Al-Qaeda and to stop attacking American forces. Pakistan is also attending the conference.

The joint statement emphasized that the four countries do not support the restoration of an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan similar to the Taliban's past rule. He added that the talks in Doha should help determine the future governance structure.

The conference aimed to reinvigorate negotiations which have been taking place between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar's capital Doha, largely stalled over government accusations that the insurgents have failed to halt violence.

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