The State Division mentioned late Friday that Pompeo will meet individually within the Qatari capital Doha with Afghan and Taliban groups to the talks.
Pompeo may even see Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the overseas minister on his cease to Doha, the Taliban’s base for diplomacy each with the Kabul authorities and earlier america, the State Division mentioned on its public schedule.
The outgoing prime US diplomat is on a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Center East as President Donald Trump shores up late-term priorities.
Earlier within the week, the Pentagon mentioned it might quickly pull some 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan, dashing up the timeline established in a February settlement between america and the Taliban that envisions a full US withdrawal in mid-2021.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to finish “endlessly wars,” together with in Afghanistan, America’s longest-ever battle that started with an invasion to dislodge the Taliban following the September 11, 2001 assaults.
President-elect Joe Biden, in a uncommon level of settlement with Trump, additionally advocates winding down the Afghanistan battle though analysts consider he won’t be as wedded to a fast timetable.
The Taliban for the primary time is talking to Afghanistan’s authorities, which beneath heavy US strain launched militants to fulfill the insurgents’ circumstances.
The talks had proven little signal of progress however a number of sources instructed AFP on Friday that the 2 sides seem to have resolved a key sticking level on the foundations of the negotiations.
The Taliban, who’re Sunni hardliners, have been insisting on adherence to the Hanafi faculty of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, however authorities negotiators mentioned this could possibly be used to discriminate in opposition to Hazaras, who’re predominantly Shiite, and different minorities.