"Peace talks (are) out there, regional players pressing for peace, the Taliban talking about peace, the Afghan government is talking about peace", Miller told dozens of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers who had gathered at RS headquarters in Kabul for an exercise session.
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said 2019 was going to be an interesting year.
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said on December 28 that Iranian officials have met with the Taliban and that its details were shared with the Afghan government in Shamkhani's trip to Kabul last week.
The Taliban have recently held talks in several regional countries amid Washington's plans to withdraw up to half the 14,000 USA troops from Afghanistan.
"While the news of a potential USA drawdown may be a reason for cautious optimism in the region, they don't want an abrupt withdrawal", said Graeme Smith, a consultant for the International Crisis Group.
The Taliban delegation discussed with Iran "the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region", the militants said in a statement posted on social media and emailed to journalists on Tuesday.
The officials said an investigation has started into the incident.
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According to International Organization for Migration (IOM), it has estimated that around 1.4 million Afghan refugees lives in Pakistan and approximately 1.2 million lives in Iran.
While thousands of undocumented Afghans were driven out of Iran by recent political and economic turbulence, Iranian officials in Kabul said they fear a sudden United States troop withdrawal could reverse that trend.
He added that 2019 would bring a unique opportunity for peace in the country that has been at war on and off for nearly 40 years, since USA -backed Afghan guerrillas fought to repel Soviet Union forces in the late 1970s.
"Yesterday, a delegation of Taliban were in Tehran and lengthy negotiations were held with Iran's deputy foreign minister".
Afghanistan's largest militant group made significant territorial gains in 2018, including overrunning Ghazni city - a few hours' drive from Kabul - which they held for several days before being pushed back with the help of USA airpower.
"If US troops withdraw then there is no hope for the future and we will have to leave the country", he said.