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U.S. Envoy For Peace In Afghanistan Sees 'Long Road' Ahead For Final Deal

"What we've achieved so far is significant. But these are small, two or three small steps in a long journey," Zalmay Khalilzad said in a hoarse voice, the result of 42 hours of talks with the Taliban.

The chief U.S. negotiator for peace in Afghanistan said Friday that after several months of talks, he has reached agreement with the Taliban on some key issues, but stressed that a substantive peace deal is far from finished and hinges on dialogue between the militant group and that country's government.

Speaking at the United State Institute of Peace, a Washington think tank, Zalmay Khalilzad cautioned that "a long agenda of must be addressed," but reiterated that, in principal, a "framework" agreement had been reached.

"What we've achieved so far is significant. But these are small, two or three small steps in a long journey," Khalilzad said in a

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