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Afghanistan stands on Taliban dialogue demand

KABUL: The High Peace Council says the place for holding peace talks is not important, but this is important to hold it between Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.

Sayed Ehsan Taheri, a spokesman of the council said Monday that no person, entity or country could not make decision on the peace deal between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban insurgents.

“We welcome the acceleration of paving way and trust building by any country as the sign of cooperation with us. But our condition is that these sessions should provide opportunity for direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban. Otherwise, such sessions will be all in vain because no person, organ or country can decide about Afghan peace,” said Taheri.

Taliban in their fresh remarks once again rejected any talks with government representatives, a position they have been holding since the government started peace talk requests for the insurgents some nine years ago by forming the peace council.

An insurgent official has told the Reuters that Saudi and the United Arab Emirates wanted them to sit with the government of Afghanistan in the upcoming Jeddah conference, but they refused.

Earlier, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they did not know if a conference was planned to be held in Jeddah. The militants are reportedly interested to sit with the United States diplomats in Qatar instead of Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, senators accuse Taliban of wasting time by refusing government talks. “They want to waste the time and get privileges. The place of holding talks is not important, this is important to explain your subjects and listen to others’ subjects,” senator Javid Raouf said.

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