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Taliban chief calls for direct talks with US

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Supreme leader of The Taliban, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada has said that his group is fighting to end the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.

According to Afghan media outlet, Akhundzada issued a Eid message and in the message he asked the foreign forces especially the US forces should leave Afghanistan as it is the only way of bringing the peace in the country.

He said that as an independent, Islamic, intra-Afghan nation we will not accept the foreign forces on our land and asked the government to play its role in this regard.

Taliban chief said that we kept the doors of understanding and negotiations open and also appointed the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate with the aim to promote the dialogue process.

He added the US to hold direct talks with the group and said if US officials believe in a peaceful resolution, then they must resolve the crisis through dialogue.

After the announcement of a temporary ceasefire by the Afghan government with the Taliban, the United States on Thursday said it is ready to participate in talks with the Taliban.

Deputy Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for Central Asia at the National Security Council, Lisa Curtis, said US cannot act on behalf of Afghan officials in the peace talks with the Taliban, but they want to participate in the talks.

Earlier on Thursday in last week, President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with the Taliban after a meeting of Afghanistan Ulema that issued a fatwa against the ongoing war and violence in the country.

Later, the Taliban also responded and announced a three-day ceasefire, over Eid, on their part.

 

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