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President discusses spike in Taliban violence with Khalilzad, Miller in Doha

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By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation and Gen Miller Commander of U.S. Forces during his stay in Doha on Monday evening, a presidential press office statement said yesterday.
Both sides discussed the latest on Afghanistan peace process and the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the statement added.
Both sides also stressed on the importance of these talks and the peace opportunity for ending the war and bringing an enduring peace. The U.S. Envoy and Gen Miller affirmed the U.S. Support for Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned peace process, according to the statement.
The two sides expressed concerns over the increase of violence by the Taliban and reiterated the need for an immediate and significant reduction of violence leading to a ceasefire, the statement added.
President Ghani visited Kuwait and Qatar on Monday, meeting with leaders from both countries, discussing bilateral ties as well as seeking support for the Afghan peace process.
The opening ceremony for the intra-Afghan talks was held on September 12, but the two sides of the talks have not yet started their direct negotiations. However, they have held over seven meetings between their contact groups to discuss procedural rules for the talks.
The two sides have yet to agree on two matters: the religious basis for the talks and the relevance of the US-Taliban deal with the negotiations.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.