Afghanistan's government meets the Taliban for the first time
Negotiators from the highest level are sitting in the same room following dozens of rounds of negotiations, prisoner exchanges and a ceasefire against U.S. forces.
Among the main challenges are the establishment of a mutual and long-lasting ceasefire and the integration of the Taliban into the government of Afghanistan.
There are also contesting ideologies between the pro-Western government and the Taliban which still envisions a strict Islamic system for Afghanistan.
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Omar Samad, Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council & former Afghan Ambassador to France and Canada
Mushtaq Rahim, Founding member of Afghanistan Affairs Unit (an Afghan think tank) & former member of the High Peace Council
Sultan Barakat, director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies - Doha Institute
At least 30,000 people have fled the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan as violence increases between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces. A Sunday night attack from the Taliban prompted the United States to call an airstrike to defend Afghan forces.
On Wednesday, two Afghan helicopters crashed, one was evacuating wounded soldiers while the other was deploying Afghan soldiers to Nawa district to drive back the Taliban. Nine service members were killed.
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