Taliban-Afghans agree on roadmap to peace


A landmark peace conference between the Taliban and influential Afghans, including government officials, has agreed a “roadmap for peace” that could hasten the end of the 18-year war.

A statement called for an end to civilian casualties and the protection of women’s rights within an “Islamic framework”.
The non-binding agreement comes as the US and Taliban continue to negotiate an American withdrawal.

A seventh round of talks between American negotiators and the insurgents is expected to resume later on Tuesday. They hope to reach an agreement that would see US troops pull out in return for a commitment that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for terrorism.

The Taliban is refusing to hold direct negotiations with the Afghan government until the US announces a timetable for the withdrawal.