The wealthy Gulf country will continue to be an interlocutor between Western capitals and the Taliban - and potentially one of the first countries to recognise the government.
A statement issued following talks in Qatar, where envoys met with Afghan government negotiators and Taliban representatives, reaffirmed that they would not recognise any government in Afghanistan "imposed through the use of military force".
"At this point, they (the Taliban) are demanding that they take the lion's share of power in the next government, given the military situation as they see it," says special US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in bleak assessment of Doha peace process.
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen in an interview says that his group does not 'believe in the monopoly of power' and that current Afghan government doesn't want reconciliation, but surrendering of Taliban.
Timothy Weeks now supports dialogue with the militant group as a way to end the years-long Afghan conflict.
The incoming president should make America's longest war his first foreign policy priority.
While officials have been jubilant over an agreement between the two sides, a lot more needs to be done to end the cycle of violence.
Taliban backs off from signing agreement with Afghan negotiators in Doha talks, which was to include references to "Islamic Republic of Afghanistan," government and diplomatic sources say.
The declaration comes a day after President Ashraf Ghani said he would continue the partial truce at least until talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban kick-off, supposedly on March 10.
The surge in hostilities signals a deadlock at stop-start peace talks involving US and Taliban negotiators in Doha.
Washington is hoping to strike an agreement with the Taliban ahead of Afghan polls in September and US presidential polls in 2020.
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