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Taliban confirm informal talks took place in Norway

Taliban confirm informal talks took place in Norway

Jun 05, 2015 - 12:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon on Friday confirmed their representatives had concluded two days of informal talks with a group of Afghan lawmakers and peace negotiators in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in an email said the meetings took place to obtain views of different groups.

He said the group wanted to hear suggestions and views from every Afghan and also to convey their own policies to others. Mujahid insisted the meetings with different groups could not be recognised as peace talks.

Norway’s foreign ministry had also confirmed the unofficial talks involving some womeninfo-icon and civil societyinfo-icon activists and Taliban representatives.

Norwegian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Frode Andersen said the delegations did not represent any particular group and the meetings were aimed at exchanging views.

Lawmakers Shukria Barakzai, Fawzia Kofi and High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) members Hawa Alam Nuristani and Sediqa Balkhi had reportedly represented the Afghan delegation in the talks.

The names of Taliban representatives, however, have not been disclosed. The talks were the third face-to-face contact between Taliban and Afghan officials in recent months.

A similar meeting is scheduled to take place in Dubai on Saturday. The Dubai meeting has been arranged by the Pugwash Council, which had arranged the informal talks in Qatar.


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