Taliban again reject Kabul offer of peace talks


The Taliban have again rejected an Afghan offer for peace talks with the government in Kabul.
Friday’s statement by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the insurgents “are not interested in talks whileTaliban are still on Afghan soil.”
Mujahid referred to last month’s statement by the Afghan High Peace Council, a government body tasked with negotiating an end to the nearly 17-year war with the insurgents, which had called on the Taliban to join the peace process. Mujahid also repeated long-standing Talibsan claims that Afghan government officials are “puppets.—AFP

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