The Taliban movement denied news that it was ready to resume meetings with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and reiterated its refusal to deal directly with the government.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement on Saturday that they want to make it clear that they are not holding any meeting with Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad, reiterating position on rejecting dealing with the Afghan government.
In a related context, senior Taliban leaders reported that regional forces including Pakistan contacted them and wanted them to meet with the US delegation in Islamabad and that the Afghan government would join the peace process, however all these means have been rejected.
Pakistani media reported that a meeting between the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Taliban movement was expected in Islamabad after discussions between US special envoy Khalilzad and Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.
Afghan talks have stalled after Taliban accused Khalilzad movement of deviating from the agreed agenda, and it was not clear when the talks would resume.
The United States stresses that any settlement in Afghanistan must be between the internationally recognized Afghan government and the Taliban movement, which has so far refused to deal with the government that it describes as illegal puppet regime. (QNA)
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre
Nine civilians killed in US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan Kabul
US, Taliban could sign peace deal in February if Taliban reduces violence: sources
Multilingual robot waitress serves up fries in Afghan capital
At least five dead in suicide attack in Kabul: officials
Two US troops killed by Afghan soldier in Nangarhar attack
Taliban attacks on checkpoints in northern Afghanistan kill 13
US forces recover bodies from jet crash site in Afghanistan
Taliban repel Afghan forces' bid to reach US plane crash site