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U.S. envoy for Afghan peace reacts to Taliban threats for suspension of talks

17 Jan 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan

Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad has reacted to the threats by Taliban

group regarding the suspension of peace talks.

“If the Talibs

want to talk, we can talk. If they want to fight, we can fight. We hope that

the Talibs want to make peace,” Ambassador Khalilzad has said.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul in a statement said Ambassador

Khalilzad made the remarks during a roundtable discussion with Afghan media on


Ambassador Khalilzad has further added “But if they

(Taliban) do not choose to come to the table, if they choose to continue

fighting, the United States will stand with the Afghan people and the Afghan

government and support them.  We in the

coalition are proud of our support to Afghan security forces.  Afghan security forces and military pressure

are important in this phase.”

This comes as Taliban had earlier issued a statement threatening

that the group would suspend talks if Washington refuses the inclusion of

troops withdrawal in the agenda of the talks.

The group issued a statement late on Tuesday claiming that

“the Unites States agreed during Doha meeting in the month of November 2018

about discussing the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and

preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the upcoming


The statement further adds that the United States is backing

away from that agenda and is unilaterally adding new subjects.

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