Is there a chance for peace in Afghanistan? | Inside Story

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    The Afghan government and the Taliban are finally taking up an opportunity for peace.

    They have agreed on a set of rules that would allow substantive negotaitions to start.

    The breakthrough was announced in Qatar’s capital Doha and aims to put an end to almost two decades of conflict.

    Not many details have been given on the political agenda or when the talks will begin.

    The Afghan government has repeatedly demanded Taliban fighters stop their attacks.

    But the group has refused to agree to a ceasefire until other issues have been resolved.

    But could any future peace deal hold?

    Presenter: Bernard Smith

    Guests

    Omar Samad, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former adviser to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah

    Mushtaq Rahim, founding member of Afghanistan Affairs Unit think tank.

    Richard Ponzio, former U.S. State Department adviser on Afghanistan.

    Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel

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    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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