Omar lived outside Afghanistan after Taliban's fall: CEO
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had provided an opportunity for Taliban to join the reconciliation process.
Presided over a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Kabul, the CEO said following the demise of Mullah Omar the peace talks had been delayed.
The reclusive Taliban leader spent time outside of Afghanistan after the collapse of their regime back in 2001, he said, adding he never returned to Afghanistan.
Earlier, Taliban confirmed the death of their leader but did not say when or where he died. The statement says “his [Mullah Omar's] health condition deteriorated in the last two weeks” and “not for a single day did he go to Pakistan”.
The government was fully aware of the fact that who led the insurgency in Afghanistan after the death of Mullah Omar and who headed the peace talks on behalf of the group in the last two years, he remarked.
He said the government was committed to continuing with the peace process and would not compromise the territorial integrity of Afghanistan. The president's foot surgery was successful and he would return to the country soon, the CEO said.
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