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Taliban’s Qatar office unaware of 2nd round of peace talks

AT-KABUL: In response to media reports about the second round of peace talks in Pakistan, the Taliban said that they had no information about the next round.

The Taliban in a media statement on Thursday said the Qatar’s office of the group was authorized to take decisions regarding the reconciliation process; however, the office has no information.

The Taliban in accordance with its policy has established a specific organ responsible for handling all its political affairs. The group has repeatedly clarified this matter before and made clear its stance, the statement said.

The National Unity Government (NUG) on Wednesday informed media of preparation for the second round of peace talks. However, the Taliban’s statement had given birth to several mind-boggling questions that yet to be answered by the governor and Pakistani authorities.

Deputy Spokesman to the president, Zafar Hashimi, the other day at a press conference said that preparations were underway for the next round of peace talks.

He said the government’s goal was to bring respected and durable peace, which will take time.

“In the next round we will focus on the list of subjects, which was discussed by the president that all demands shall be clear,” he said.

Although there are some reports that the second round of peace talks will take place in China or Pakistan on 31 July, but the President’s deputy spokesman said that no decision was taken about the venue, time and composition of the delegations.

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