Renewed hopes for talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban? – Inside Story

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The United States is eager to end its nearly 18-year involvement in the war in Afghanistan, which has killed tens of thousands of civilians, soldiers and Taliban fighters.
But Taliban leaders are refusing to sit at the same table as the Afghan government.
A U.S. special envoy is in Pakistan, hoping government leaders there can convince the Taliban to change its mind.
So what are the hopes for peace?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault

Guests:

Mushtaq Rahim – Specialist on regional security who worked on the Afghan peace process.
Ahmed Rashid – Journalist and author of ‘Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia’.
Michael Semple – former Deputy EU Special Representative to Afghanistan who negotiated with the Afghan Taliban.

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