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Taliban threatens to walk out of talks with US

16 Jan 2019 1TV News

به دری بخوانید2019-01-16 | 40 minute ago

The Afghan Taliban threatened Tuesday to withdraw from peace talks with the United States if it deflects from the issue of pulling troops out of Afghanistan.

In a statement, the Taliban said that the US had agreed during Doha meeting in November about discussing the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and preventing the country from being used against other nations in the next meeting.

It said that the US is backing away from that agenda and is unilaterally adding new subjects, warning that the Taliban “will be forced to stall all talks and negotiations until America ends her unlawful pressures and manoeuvring and steps forward towards true peace.”

US and Taliban representatives have held at least three rounds of talks in recent months. Earlier this month, the Taliban said that they cancelled the fourth round citing agenda disagreement.

US Ambassador in Kabul John Bass, however, denied that there was any meeting planned and called on the Taliban to enter into talks with Afghans, a request repeatedly rejected by the Taliban who say the US is their main adversary.

Meanwhile, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khlailzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for meeting with government leaders and politicians. Khalilzad landed in Kabul after visiting India, UAE and China as part of his fourth trip to the region that is expected to be concluded in Pakistan.

Khalilzad said that he discussed with Afghan leaders the peace process and "all agree that progress depends on Afghans sitting with each other, negotiating a future for all Afghan people."

A US embassy statement said: “The U.S. goal is to promote dialogue among Afghans about how to end the conflict, and to encourage the parties to come together at the negotiating table to reach a political settlement."

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