March 12, 2019 / 7:58 PM / 7 months ago

U.S., Taliban make 'meaningful progress' in talks: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the Afghan Taliban made “meaningful progress” in recent talks and concluded that peace will require agreement on four main issues, including counterterrorism, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

“The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue and a comprehensive cease-fire,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said. He said U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was returning to Washington for consultations.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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