U.S. -Taliban talks, the seventh since previous year, are set to continue on Tuesday in Doha, as United States officials look to clinch a deal by September ahead of an expected Afghan presidential election.
"It's great to see senior government, civil society, women, and Taliban representatives at one table together", tweeted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Around 70 delegates are attending the two-day gathering which has been organised by Germany and Qatar. The German envoy said history would remember those who were able to put their differences aside for the benefit of their country.
Members of Afghan delegations talk during the second day of Intra-Afghan conference for peace in Doha, Qatar on July 8, 2019.
The Taliban spoke about "women s role, economic development, (and) the role of minorities" in a future settlement, she said.
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Twitter that he looked "forward to a constructive dialogue".
The attack came as an all-Afghan peace conference, which includes the Taliban, was underway Sunday in Doha in an effort to end the country's relentless wars.
U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has described the latest round of U.S. -Taliban peace talks as the "most productive" ever, telling RFE/RL that "a lot of progress" has been made.
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Afghani, in a bid to encourage women's education in post-Taliban Afghanistan, worked with more than 6,000 Islamic scholars in 22 provinces to educate them on women's rights.
The Taliban representatives and Afghan politicians held out the promise to reduce violence in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of two days of talks in Doha, Qatar.
The United States, which by some estimates has spent $1 trillion in Afghanistan, will likely try to insist in the agreement that the Taliban open negotiations with President Ashraf Ghani's government.
Observers have criticised the U.S. for allowing its own talks with the Taliban to proceed without the formal participation of the Afghan government, which the Taliban label Washington's puppet.
Sunday and Monday s gathering is the third such meeting following landmark summits in Moscow in February and May.
An agreement with the Taliban is expected to have two main points - a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and a commitment by the militants not to provide a base for terrorists, the main reason for the USA invasion almost 18 years ago.
Military conflict and attacks on civilians have intensified even as the diplomatic process gains momentum, triggering tremendous unease among some Afghans about the significance of holding peace talks with the Taliban. But the thorny issues of power-sharing with the Taliban, the role of regional powers including Pakistan and India, and the fate of Ghani's administration remain unresolved. "We don't know if the Taliban will then agree to talk to the Afghan government or demand an interim government that they could become a part of", said Muzhda.
A Taliban vehicle bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar.
The earlier rounds of US-Taliban talks did not yield any substantial result, but hopes for a breakthrough are high this time around.