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Taliban want US to rethink decision on peace talks

Taliban want US to rethink decision on peace talks

Sep 18, 2019 - 14:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon hope US President Donald Trump will rethink his decision on calling off peace negotiations with their envoys in Qatar.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Taliban’s chief negotiator, said in an interview with the BBC their doors remained open for reviving talks.

Stanikzai’s remarks came hours after two attacks in Parwan and Kabul, claimed by the insurgent outfit, killed at least 48 people.

The US-Taliban dialogue collapsed last week when Trump declared the negotiations dead after the killing of an American soldier in Kabul.

About Trump’s decision, the Taliban negotiator said the group had done nothing wrong by continuing to fight throughout the talks.

The US military had also acknowledged killing thousands of fighters during the discussions in Doha, he argued. "Our doors are open for negotiations."

Stanikzai stressed dialogue remained the only way to achieve peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Intra-Afghan talks would have got under way on September 23 if a deal been reached between the Taliban and the US, he said, adding the agreement would have included discussions on a wider ceasefire.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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