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Taliban says talks with U.S. end without a deal

Taliban says talks with U.S. end without a deal

"We prolonged our meeting with the hope of reaching a peace agreement but it could not happen", said a member of the Taliban negotiating team in Qatar.

The U.S. -Taliban agreement, if reached, would outline the insurgent guarantees that Afghan territory, particularly Taliban-controlled areas, will not be used for staging terrorist attacks against America or its allies in exchange for a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. -led foreign troops from the country.

Residents of different provinces called on the Taliban to quit violence and celebrate Eid together with other Afghans in a peaceful environment.

The pact is expected to include a Taliban commitment to hold power-sharing talks with the US-backed government but it is not expected to include a Taliban ceasefire with the government, leading to fears the insurgents will fight on when USA forces leave.

"Work was tedious and effective".

While Ghani insists that the upcoming September 28 presidential election is crucial for giving Afghanistan's leader a powerful mandate to decide the country's future after years of war, Khalilzad is seeking a peace deal by September 1, weeks before the vote.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran Afghan-American diplomat leading negotiations with the Taliban for Washington, said he hoped this would be the last Eid that Afghanistan was at war. I know Afghans yearn for peace. The Taliban refuse to recognize or negotiate with it.

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"We want peace and we want participation in the peace process".

"Our future can not be decided outside, whether in the capital cities of our friends, nemeses or neighbors".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday again took a swipe at the ongoing USA -led peace effort.

Addressing the nation after performing Eid al-Adha prayers at the Presidential Palace, the Ghani stated that "Afghans want to embrace lasting and national peace" that could ensure the honour and dignity of the people, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Bloodshed should stop, and peace should be established in Afghanistan", said Khan Mohammad, a Wardak resident.

The Taliban has consistently refused to take part in direct talks with the government, which they have labeled a "puppet". Ghani and his advisors, however have rejected those assertions nor do Taliban envoys support it, causing confusion about the objective of intra-Afghan talks as and when they start.