The Republic’s team and the Taliban issued an announcement on Twitter Saturday evening stating they had shared initial ideas on agenda items but that further discussions were needed.
According to the Republic’s talks team member Nader Nadery, the teams “shared initial lists of agenda items and conducted preliminary discussions on the list. “Since the agenda items need further consultations, the two sides agreed for a recess and to resume the 2nd round of talks on January 5, 2021,” Nadery posted on Twitter.
He then thanked Qatar for “their generous hospitality and provision of facilitates to the talks.”
According to the Taliban’s spokesman, Mohammad Naeem, the teams will break from Saturday, December 12, and return to the talks tables on January 5.
The intra-Afghan talks started three months ago – on September 12 – but quickly hit a deadlock until last week when the two sides agreed on the procedural rules for talks to move forward.