The seventh round of negotiations between the US Special Envoy for Peace in Afghanistan and the Taliban ended Tuesday following signs of progress, Reuters reported.
Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban officials one day after a delegation of Afghan citizens and the militant group agreed on a "road map for peace."
The agreement allegedly contains a joint call to bring civilian casualties to an end in the 18-year war.
"Khalilzad will now map his bosses and they will publish a message. The seventh round is over," a senior official told Reuters.
Both sides are approaching an agreement on a US pledge to withdraw troops for a Taliban pledge not to use Afghanistan as the basis of terrorism, officials told the sale.
Last week Khalilzad said that the latest round of negotiations, which began on June 28, was the "most productive" since the effort began last year.
The last 6 days of negotiations have been the most productive session to date. We have made significant progress on all four parts of a peace agreement: the fight against terrorism, the withdrawal of troops, the participation in dialogue and negotiations in Afghanistan, and the permanent and comprehensive ceasefire
̵1; US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad (@ US4AfghanPeace ] July 6, 2019
The trump administration in December planned to start pulling the country over the next few months, but the proposal was met by opposition from the Republicans on Capitol Hill .
In January, the Senate voted for a "sense of senate" dissolution warning against "US backlash" outcomes in the region.
Trump temporarily supported his plan to withdraw US forces after receiving feedback from senior military leaders, giving more time for negotiations and an agreement to renew.