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Taliban spreading ‘unfair information’ regarding talks: Bass

Taliban spreading ‘unfair information’ regarding talks: Bass

Mar 26, 2019 - 17:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US ambassador in Afghanistaninfo-icon John Bass has rejected the Talibaninfo-icon’s propaganda campaign regarding their negotiations in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Addressing reporters in Kabul, the US envoy talked about the ongoing talks in Qatar, upcoming presidential elections and other related issues.

Bass said the US purpose of talks with the Taliban was the establishment of peace and stability and protection of the achievements of the past 18 years.

Referring to different information offered by the US representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Taliban regarding their ongoing peace talks, Bass said the Taliban were spreading unfair propaganda and information regarding the talks.

He asked the Taliban to sit with the people of Afghanistan and talk instead of killing innocent people.

He said the US never represented the people of Afghanistan in the talks underway in Qatar and stressed the people of Afghanistan should resolve their differences themselves.

He said four topics -- withdrawal of foreign forces, counter-terrorism, ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue --- had been discussed with the Taliban and there was progress on the first two topics.

He made it clear that nothing would be agreed until everything was agreed. He said the ceasefire would not be observed only between the Taliban and US forces, but also with the Afghan forces.



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