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Germany ready to mediate for Afghan peace negotiations

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KABUL: Germany is ready to intercede the government of Afghanistan and Taliban militants to hold negotiations, said German Ambassador to Kabul, Markus Potzel.

Taliban who previously rejected any talks with the government, have recently showed interest in sitting with representatives of President Ashraf Ghani. The militants’ spokesman in Qatar said they would hold talks with the government once they gained a deal with the United States.

Potzel said that mediation in Afghan peace talks was “very important” and could help for a durable peace in the war-hit country. He emphasized on a trust building between the government and Taliban, calling on them to pay respect to each other’s opinions.

“This is very important to mediate the Afghan peace talks. It can help the talks and mediation can help Afghans gain a lasting peace. A trust building is needed between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban and they should respect each other’s interests. We are ready to mediate the peace negotiations,” said Potzel.

A government official said that talks would be impossible without the government presence, asking the Taliban to come for an intra-Afghan dialogue.

The US envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad is getting ready to restart talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar after the process was paused last week.

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