July 3 (UPI) -- Peace talks between the United States and the Taliban militant group have made "spectacular progress" during negotiations to finish nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, representatives said Wednesday.
U.S. and Taliban officials have met for days in Qatar to iron out a potential exit agreement. U.S. forces have been in the Middle Eastern nation since November 2001.
Previous rounds haven't been too successful. If the new talks produce an agreement, about 14,000 U.S. troops could leave Afghanistan.
U.S. officials have said there will be no withdrawal until the Taliban makes security guarantees, implements a cease-fire and commits to an "intra-Afghan" dialogue with the Kabul government. The Taliban has refused to talk with government leaders, saying it's a "puppet" of the West, and says it won't agree to anything without a timeline for a U.S. exit.
"All stages of the Qatar talks have been shared with the national unity government, and we are fully aligned with the United States," Sibghatullah Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Afghan foreign affairs ministry, told Tolo News.