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Taliban confirms talks with US envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation

13 Oct 2018 1TV News

2018-10-13 | 33 minute ago

Taliban on Saturday confirmed that its representatives met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad a day before in Qatar capital Doha.

In a statement, the group said that end to “occupation” and peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict were discussed in the meeting.

The representatives said that foreign troops presence in Afghanistan was a major obstacle to peace in the country, according to the statement.

They also said that Afghanistan is an Islamic country and has its own Islamic values and culture, according to the statement.

The sides agreed to continue to hold meetings in future, based on the statement.

Sher Mohammad Abbas, head of Taliban’s political office in Qatar, his deputy Abdul Salam Hanafi and members Sheikh Shahabuddin Dilawar, Din Mohammad Hanif, Mohammad Zahid Hamadzai and Mohammad Sohail Shahin were representing the Taliban in the meeting, according to the statement.

The meeting is second between the US and the Taliban in four months with the previous one involving another US diplomat Alice Wells.

Earlier, Ambassador Khalilzad during his visit to Kabul called on the government and the Taliban to form their teams for negotiations.

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