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Taliban reacts to UN report regarding the group’s links with Al Qaeda terrorist network

02 Jun 2020 The Khaama Press News Agency

The Taliban group reacted to the latest UN report which confirms that the group has maintained links with the Al Qaeda terrorist network despite signing a peace deal with the United States.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban group, in a statement said the Islamic Emirate strongly rejects the details of the report as the group is strictly committed in implementing the peace deal with the United States which the UN Security Council approved.

The statement further added that no divisions exist among Taliban ranks as the militants of the group strictly follow the decisions of their elders and observing the recent ceasefire is a testimony to it.

Furthermore, the statement added that the Islamic Emirate is committed not to allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against the countries or establish training camps inside Afghanistan.

According to Mujahid, the recent report has been published with an aim to jeopardize and fail the recently signed peace deal between Taliban and the United States.

This comes as the United Nations on Monday released a report stating that Taliban retained close links with the Al Qaeda terrorist network and sought advise from the network during the negotiations with the U.S. officials.

Relations between the Taliban, including its partners in the Haqqani network, and al Qaeda “remain close, based on friendship, a history of shared struggle, ideological sympathy and intermarriage,” the report said.

It also added “The Taliban regularly consulted with al Qaeda during negotiations with the United States and offered guarantees that it would honor their historical ties.”

The U.N. report suggests the Taliban have failed to keep their word on a provision seen as central to the U.S-Taliban agreement signed on Feb. 29 in Doha. President Donald Trump has portrayed the deal as a success story.

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