When the Taliban came face-to-face with the Afghan government

Doha, Qatar – Six members were waiting as the doors opened and their counterparts entered the room.

It was an awkward moment. After nearly 20 years of violence, Afghan leaders and the Taliban were meeting face-to-face, adamant to defend their agendas behind closed doors.

Assalam-o-alaikum (peace be with you), one said, as the silence was broken and hands and hugs extended.

The faces were covered with masks – as part of the coronavirus regulations – but the hospitable Afghan tradition of…

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