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Afghan govt says open to talks if Taliban end hostility

Afghan govt says open to talks if Taliban end hostility

Oct 23, 2015 - 16:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Reacting to a joint US-Pakistaninfo-icon call on the Talibaninfo-icon to resume peace talks with Kabul, the Afghan government on Friday said its doors were open for peace negations because it believed conflicts were always solved through dialogue.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama a day earlier expressed their commitment to push forward talks between the Afghanistaninfo-icon government and the Afghan Taliban.

Both leaders also called upon Taliban leaders to join talks with the Kabul regime to work for sustainable peace settlement.

President Obama highlighted Pakistan's willingness to support such talks to end insurgency in Afghanistan. Sharif has also assured that Pakistan's territory 'will not be used against any other country'.

The Pakistani leader assured that action would be taken against the Haqqni network and the Taliban pushed to the peace talks.

Syed Zafar Hashmi, the Afghan deputy presidential spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Afghan government believed conflicts were solved through peace talks. “As a nation, our doors are always open for peace talks.”

However, he said the government would negotiate with those Afghans who were ready to lay down their arms, stop fighting for the interest of outsiders and respect Afghanistan’s conditions.

The deputy spokesman to President Ashraf Ghani once again asked Pakistan to take action against terrorist groups who used its soil for staging attacks in Afghanistan.

“These terrorist groups based in Pakistan freely hold gatherings and declare war against Afghanistan.”


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