Taliban confirm talks with Afghan leaders in Dubai
Earlier a source, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News some Afghan leaders had met Taliban representatives to pave the ground for a second round of research conference in Qatar.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement the group’s political representatives stationed in Qatar held the meetings with some Afghan leaders on Saturday and Sunday in Dubai in personal capacity.
He said the meetings had been requested by the Afghan leaders to exchange views and build trust between the two warring sides.
“Through such meetings, the Taliban want their concerns about the nefarious designs of foreign forces stationed in Afghanistan to reach honorable Afghans, which will be beneficial in foiling such attempts,” the Taliban’s statement said.
It added the Taliban had been trying to inform the occupation forces and Afghans about their legal claims and concerns.
The Taliban said nothing about participants of the Dubai talks, but a source had identified them as Mirwais Yasini, Qayyum Kuchi, Qutbuddin Hilal and Syed Ishaq Gilani.
A two member Taliban delegation, headed by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, took part in the talks, the source added. The second Pugwash conference was expected to take place before Ramazan, the source said.
Afghan and Taliban representatives attended the first research conference on peace in Afghanistan in Qatar last month and both the sides had agreed to continue such talks and meetings in future.
An eight-member Taliban delegation had participated in the Doha conference, while Qazi Hakim represented the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group after the Taliban.
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