Taliban have three preconditions for talks with Kabul

  • Date of Publication : 24/12/2018 at 20:36 GMT
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Taliban insurgents have attached three preconditions for peace talks with the Afghan government, including cancellation of the security deal with the United States.

This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier this year had offered talks with Taliban without preconditions.

Taliban representatives have met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf countries at least three times.

During last US-Taliban meeting held in Abu Dhabi in the past week, Afghan government sent its negotiators to Abu Dhabi for talks with the Taliban, but the group refused to meet.

In a commentary published on their website, Taliban said that the group refused to meet with the Kabul team as it didn’t have powers to make decisions on withdrawal of foreign troops, removal from blacklist and political office.

It said that the Taliban would agree to holding talks with Kabul if it immediately cancels the bilateral security agreement with US, expresses apology for “crimes” and pledges to hand over “national traitors, human rights violators and criminals” to “Islamic court” for trial.

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