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Taliban again offer US direct talks on ending war

Taliban again offer US direct talks on ending war

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Jun 13, 2018 - 11:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has renewed his call for direct negotiations with the United States on ending the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In his Eid message, Akhundzada justified the movement’s armed military campaign against the presence of US-led foreign "occupation forces" in the country.

 “The only path to rescue ourselves is for all American and other occupying forces to leave our country and for an independent, Islamic government to take root,” he said.

While waging a jihadinfo-icon for this purpose, the Taliban had have kept the doors to negotiations open by creating a political office in this regard, Hibatullah added.

“If the American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio, they must enter direct talks so that this tragedy could be resolved brought to an end.

“The biggest mistake on the part of American officials is that they approach every problem with stubbornness. The use of force cannot yield results in every case,” the Taliban supremo said.

Last week, a top Trump administration official ruled out direct dialogue with the insurgent group and asked it to launch talks with the Afghan government.

Lisa Curtis, advisor to President Donald Trump, said: "The US is ready to participate in the discussion, but we cannot serve as a substitute for the Afghan government and people."

The Taliban and the government both have announced ceasefires during the Eid festival. President Ghani took the initiative of unilaterally suspending anti-Taliban operations across the country for a week. The government's ceasefire took effect on Tuesday.

The Taliban also responded and announced a three-day ceasefire. However, they pledged to continue targeting international forces. 

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