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Govt hopes to reach a result in peace process: Karzai

Govt hopes to reach a result in peace process: Karzai

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Mar 07, 2016 - 22:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai on Monday said the Afghan government would continue its peace efforts and still wanted to hold peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon.

Speaking at a joint press conference with British foreign secretary Philip Hammond in Kabul, Karzai said the Taliban’s announcement that they would not participate in the peace talks with the Afghan government was a tactical move.

He said they were hopeful to reach a result in the peace process and that the Afghan government had already formed a delegation for future peace talks.

The Taliban on Saturday said they would not participate in peace talks with the government because neither their supreme leader nor the leadership council had made any decision in this regard.

Asking foreign forces to stop attacking their positions and leave the country, the Taliban said their political office in Qatar had not been consulted on any peace talks.

The British foreign minister said his country supported the Afghan peace process and would provide $1.4 million toward preparations.

The government on Sunday said the proposed talks with the Taliban had been postponed for at least a week.

The talks were decided on by delegates of four countries — Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon, China and the United States — who met in Kabul last month.

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