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Taliban chief reiterates call for direct talks with US

Taliban chief reiterates call for direct talks with US

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Aug 18, 2018 - 13:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon’s supreme leader on Saturday reiterated his call for direct negotiations with the United States to put an end to the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In a statement issued ahead of Eidul Adha, Mullahinfo-icon Hibatullah Akhundzada underlined the need for understanding and reasoning rather than using force.

The only way to ensure a complete end to the ongoing war was the end of Afghanistan’s occupation, he said, suggesting withdrawal of foreign troops.

Peace would elude the country as long as foreign "occupation" continued, warned Akhundzada, who reaffirmed Taliban’s commitment to Islamic goals and Afghanistan’s sovereignty.

On July 23, a to0 US diplomat met members of Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar and explored ways of resuming talks on bringing the conflict to end.

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