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Taliban blames Afghan government for sabotaging intra-Afghan meeting

Taliban blames Afghan government for sabotaging intra-Afghan meeting

Apr 19, 2019 - 21:13


KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon criticised Afghan government’s treatment of the Qatar intra-Afghan meeting and alleged government officials and hidden groups within were behind derailing the process.

The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said after the Moscow meeting it was decided that similar meeting would be held in Qatar.

Mujahid said the Taliban were resolute in their commitment and agreed to the participation of more Afghans and womeninfo-icon delegates in the Qatar meeting.

He said it was decided that participants of the meeting would participate in personal capacity but the Kabul administration tried to make it an Afghan government and Taliban meeting.

Mujahid added, Afghan government official began mysterious meetings at Presidential Palace and started talking about redlines, raised new conditions and claimed they were going to head the meeting.

“They prepared a list which was not suitable and adjustable with the status of the conference and the most interesting point was that the list was published before being shared with the organizers of the conference to seek their consent,” he said.

The Taliban spokesman said they showed maximum flexibility and their negotiating team worked day and night with patience.

He, however, said hidden forces and the Kabul administration sabotaged the Doha meeting and they should be held responsible.

The statement, however, did not clarify who the hidden forces are.




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