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Time for direct govt-Taliban talks: Abdullah

Time for direct govt-Taliban talks: Abdullah

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Jul 18, 2019 - 14:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said the time had arrived for face-to-face talks between the Talibaninfo-icon and the government.

Speaking to a conference on peace in Kabul, Abdullah said the Afghans had long been yearning for peace with honour and living in stability.

“If we cannot convert our voice into a single voice inside Afghanistaninfo-icon… then we reserve no right to blame others. We must develop a responsible attitude,” the CEO remarked.

He cited that there was a good opportunity for peace which must be seized.

Referring to Taliban’s proposal for talks, he said: “When they say they believe in peace and we are in favour of a peaceful solution. They view the presence of international forces the only problem.”

The CEO added: “They should honor a ceasefire agreement. If the Taliban say they want truce with NATOinfo-icon but not with the Afghan government, this is not possible.”

According to CEO, there is a time for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Serious negotiations should begin, he stressed.

About talks between the US and Taliban, Abdullah said it was time for the Afghans to decide their fate themselves.

He supported the initiative to arrange such conferences about the peace process and promised to work honestly for lasting peace in the country.

sa/mud

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