Between April 29 and May 3, 2019, the Afghan government organized a four-day Loya-Jirga to discuss peace talks. The Taliban were invited, but they were not present.  Later in May, a third meeting was held in Moscow between a Taliban delegation and a group of Afghan politicians.  In August 2019, an eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban took place in Qatar.  The Washington Post reported that the United States was on the verge of a peace agreement with the Taliban and was preparing to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan.  In September, Khalilzad said that the United States and the Taliban had reached an agreement until Trump`s approval. However, less than a week later, Trump canceled peace talks in response to an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 others.  After the failure of talks with the United States, the Taliban sent a delegation to Russia to discuss the prospects of withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.  On September 18, 2019, the Taliban declared that if Trump decided to resume peace talks in the future, their “open doors” would be open.
 The United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement, a turning point in the 18-year war in Afghanistan. Read the whole story. The Afghan peace process includes proposals and negotiations to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Although sporadic efforts have been made since the war began in 2001, negotiations and the pacifist movement intensified in 2018 amid talks between the Taliban, the main insurgent group fighting the Afghan government and U.S. troops; and the United States, with thousands of troops in the country supporting the Afghan government.  In addition to the United States, regional powers such as Pakistan, China, India and Russia and NATO also play a role in facilitating the peace process.    For O`Hanlon, the Doha peace agreement is just the beginning. On March 27, 2020, the Afghan government announced the creation of a 21-member negotiating team for peace talks. However, on March 29, the Taliban rejected the team on the grounds that “we will only be sitting in talks with a negotiating team that is consistent with our agreements and built up according to established principles.”  On 31 March 2020, a three-member Taliban delegation arrived in Kabul to discuss the release of the prisoners.
 They are the first Taliban representatives to visit Kabul since 2001.  The Afghan government had also agreed to conduct the talks at Bagram prison.  However, on the same day, the Afghan government announced that the Taliban`s refusal to accept a new ceasefire and the Taliban delegation`s refusal to appear in prison on the scheduled date had both led to the postponement of the prisoner exchange.    After the arrival of the Taliban delegation, a senior Afghan government official told the Reuters news agency that “the release of the prisoners could take place in a few days, if all goes according to plan.”  After more than 18 years of war in Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban have agreed on the most intense efforts to date by both sides to end the war.