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Taliban talks ‘encouraging’: acting US defense chief

WASHINGTON, Jan 28, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday peace talks between the US and the Taliban were “encouraging.”

“I’d say really the takeaway right now: it’s encouraging,” Shanahan told Pentagon reporters.

His remarks came after US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was quoted as saying that the US and the Taliban have drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for peace talks with Kabul.

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