Afghan Taliban, US Talks in Qatar to Continue in Future

  • Date of Publication : 28/07/2018 at 08:23 GMT
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A former Taliban minister and close confidant of Mullah Mohamamd Omar has confirmed that talks are underway between the Taliban and the US officials at the lower level in Qatar.

Taliban’s former finance minister Mutasim Agha Jan has told Daily Times “The Taliban political representatives and the American officials have met in Qatar. No other side was part of the negotiations.”

He said “The talks are currently being held at the lower level, and both sides will proceed gradually. When negotiations start taking place on the highest level, we’ll reach an agreement.”

“I’m confident that the Taliban and the US will continue dialogue and will reach a deal,” Mutasim Agha Jan added.

In regards to a question regarding the absence of the Afghan officials in the talks, Aga Jan said Taliban’s war was not against Afghans, but the Americans and their invasion of the country, emphasizing that the Afghan government should not have any objections as a peace deal would end the long lasting conflict in the country.

He said Taliban’s demands for peace include an end to the invasion, recognition of the Taliban office, and the removal of the names of Taliban leaders from the United Nations sanctions list.

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