As heavy fighting continues in Afghanistan, the Taliban and the government are still talking but there”s little sign of moves towards peace.
Both sides met in Qatar on Saturday, as they have done for months. But sources familiar with the talks suggest that as the Taliban are making rapid gains on the battlefield, there is little incentive to reach an agreement.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Saturday partially reopened its border with southern AfghanistanChief Investigative Reporter, closed after the Taliban took control of the strategic Afghan town of Spin Boldak, following heavy fighting with government forces last week.
Mohammed Tayab, a Pakistani paramilitary official, said the decision was made due to “relative calm on the other side,” but the crossing would remain closed to trade.
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