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Taliban renew commitment to dialogue with US

Taliban renew commitment to dialogue with US

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon are optimistic peace talks with the United States will lead to the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistaninfo-icon,

The two sides are poised to resume negotiations in Doha today (Saturday) after a two-day pause that gave them an opportunity to consult their respective leaders.

Suhail Shaheen, speaking for Taliban’s Qatar-based office, said in an interview that neither a cease-fire nor intra-Afghan dialogue were on the agenda at this stage.

He told VOA: “There is a steady progress. ... But the talks are not completed. The talks will continue until we reach a conclusion.”

Since both sides had failed to achieve their foals militarily in the past two decades, he said the Taliban stayed committed to the dialogue process with the US.

 Shaheen remarked: “The only solution is through peaceful diplomatic means. An agreement through peaceful means would be better for both sides...”

He sought to assuage concerns that a complete pullout of foreign forces without a solid political reconciliation process in place would worsen the security crisis in Afghanistan.

Averse to a repetition of the chaotic situation of the 1990s, the spokesman said, the Taliban had already launched talks with opposition politicians during a recent meeting in Moscow.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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