US negotiator and Taliban co-founder shake hands after signing historic deal | AFP

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (right) shake hands after signing a landmark deal during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha. IMAGES

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US chief negotiator arrives to sign US-taliban peace deal | AFP

US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad arrives at the Sheraton Grand Doha hotel in Qatar to sign a long-sought deal between Washington and the Taliban that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees. IMAGES

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US envoy in Taliban talks seeks peace deal before July elections

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, says “it will be better for Afghanistan if we could get a peace agreement before the election, which is scheduled in July.” SOUNDBITE