Kabul talks concentrate on Taliban-led government


Kabul is still discussing the possibility of a new Afghan government that includes more than Taliban members.

Officials involved in Tuesday's discussions hope to receive aEURoesome positive newsaEUR within the next day or so. Because details of negotiations were not being released to the media, they spoke under condition of anonymity.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, a senior Taliban leader, has held numerous rounds of talks with Kabul’s political leadership, including Abdullah Abdullah who was once the head of the country's negotiating council, and former president Hamid Karzai.

At least one round went through the night. The discussion seemed to be focused on how a Taliban-dominated government would react to rights that it had won over the past 20 years.

It appeared that there had been some progress with the announcements of general amnesty for women and the call for them to return to work.

Muttaqi was a former minister of higher education under Taliban rule. He began to make contact with Afghan political leaders before President AshrafGhani disappeared from the Presidential Palace over the weekend. Ghani's departure created a huge vacuum which the Taliban, who had been surrounding the city, tried to fill.

Muttaqi had reached to U.S.-allied warlords before Kabul's collapse, seemingly beginning the process of greater inclusion in their government.

Talks are underway to bring other non-Taliban leaders into government. AEURoeinclusive Afghan government was Suhail Shaheen's earlier statement.

Shaheen previously told The Associated Press that a government would be announced once negotiations are complete.

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