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Abdullah welcomes Taliban’s agreement to cut ties with terrorist groups

13 Mar 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says he welcomes reports

that Taliban would cut ties with terrorist groups.

“If this is true that Taliban have agreed to stop supporting

terrorist groups, this is good news,” Abdullah said Wednesday.

Taliban have reportedly agreed at the end of their 16-day

long meeting with the US diplomats in Qatar to stop supporting terrorist groups

including al-Qaeda, with Washington in return agreed for military pullout from


“If this agreement is true, a part of Afghanistan’s problems

will be solved,” Abdullah addressed a gathering to commemorate late jihadi

leader Abdul Ali Mazari’s 24th death anniversary in the presidential palace.

“There are discussions today and you have heard that Taliban

have agreed not to support terrorist groups anymore and to fight against them.

If this news is true, a part of Afghanistan’s problems will be solved and this

is good news.”

The US chief negotiator with Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad

tweeted at the end of the meeting that peace in Afghanistan needs assuring of

fight against terrorism, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogues and a

comprehensive ceasefire.

Khalilzad said that the two parties agreed on the draft of

assurance of counter-terrorism and troop withdrawal.

Taliban also confirmed in a statement that their negotiators

and Khalilzad agreed on the US withdrawal and that Afghanistan would not be

used again a safe haven for terrorists to threaten international security.

Meanwhile, Second Vice President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh

says that peace should affect governance.

“Peace should not result in monopoly and supremacy, and some

people should not seek dominance on others under the pretext of peace. We will

never reach a sustainable peace with such imaginations. Governance should

continue and peace should not affect it,” Danesh said.

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