Taliban reject reports of secret talks with Afghanistan


KABUL: The Taliban on Wednesday rejected reports of mystery gatherings with the Afghan government in an offer to continue since quite a while ago slowed down peace arrangements, demanding that their hardline approach stays unaltered.

Afghan authorities on Tuesday said they held two gatherings since September in Doha, where the Taliban keep up a political office, after the news was initially reported by Britain’s The Guardian daily paper.

In any case, Taliban representative Zabihullah Mujahid in an announcement rejected any reports of talks or gatherings.

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Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Afghanistan’s knowledge boss, and National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar had gone to one of the Qatar gatherings, nearby Tolo TV said refering to a presidential royal residence source.

“The delegates of the Islamic Emirate have not met with Stanekzai or some other authorities. Our position about the transactions has not changed. Our arrangement is sure about that,” Mujahid said, alluding to the Taliban’s authentic title.

The Taliban have since quite a while ago demanded the total withdrawal of outside strengths from Afghanistan as a precondition for peace chats with the legislature.

The Guardian said the discussions were gone to by Mullah Abdull Manan Akhund, sibling of Taliban author and long-term pioneer Mullah Omar who kicked the bucket in 2013.

A senior American representative was likewise present in the Qatar gatherings, the daily paper said refering to a Taliban official.

Pakistan — the Taliban’s noteworthy supporters — have facilitated a few rounds of worldwide talks in the course of the most recent year to kick off peace transactions, which yielded little advance.

The discourse procedure came to a standstill when the US executed previous Taliban pioneer Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an automaton strike in May.

The insurrection has demonstrated hardheaded flexibility under new Taliban pioneer Haibatullah Akhundzada, assaulting northern Kunduz city for a brief moment time and undermining the capital of the southern opium-rich territory of Helmand.

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