AFP: Qatar eyes diplomatic win with US, Taliban deal26 February 2020 | 06:47 | FOCUS News Agency
After quietly brokering dialogue between the warring sides in Afghanistan, Qatar is on the verge of reaping a major diplomatic dividend if a deal is signed in Doha this Saturday that would see the Pentagon withdraw thousands of troops.
The negotiations have created incongruous scenes of Taliban fighters-turned-dealmakers rubbing shoulders with guests in revealing outfits in the lobby of a luxury Doha hotel, to strains of pop classics played by the resident pianist.
And Qatar has undertaken the ambitious project during a period of major regional challenges.
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