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US renews support for Afghan-led peace negotiations

US renews support for Afghan-led peace negotiations

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States says it continues to back reconciliation talks between the government of Afghanistaninfo-icon and Talibaninfo-icon on ending 15 years of conflict in the Central Asian country.

State Department’s spokesperson Mark Toner told an American news website that Taliban’s position would be known only after they entered into a formal negotiation process.

America’s reiteration of support for the reconciliation effort came days after the insurgent outfit set preconditions for resuming peace parleys with the Ashraf Ghani administration.

At Pugwash sponsored meeting in Doha, the Taliban negotiator supported freedom of speech and womeninfo-icon’s rights in light of Islamic teachings and sought a ceasefire, as well as the release of prisoners.

Asked by Breitbart News for comment on Taliban’s demands, the State Department spokesperson said: “The US continues to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process as the surest way to ensure lasting stability in the region.”

He supported President Ghani’s call on the Taliban to join the peace talks. “The Taliban have a choice: to join good-faith negotiations or continue to fight a war in which they are killing their fellow Afghans and destroying their country…”

If they opted for fighting, the Taliban continue to face the combined efforts of the Afghan security forces and their international partners, Toner added.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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