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Taliban interested in war not talks, says Abdullah

Taliban interested in war not talks, says Abdullah

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28 Jun 2021 - 18:59
Taliban interested in war not talks, says Abdullah
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28 Jun 2021 - 18:59

KABUL (Pajhwok): High National Reconciliation Council chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah says the Taliban do not want negotiations and instead trying to seize power through force, which he described as a big mistake.

Abdullah was addressing a press conference in Kabul after his return from the United States. He said that based on the Doha agreement, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan should have brought peace closer, but the peace talks did not reach that conclusion.

He said the Taliban did not want to enter mainstream talks and with the withdrawal of foreign troops, the Taliban wanted to prolong the war and destroy public infrastructure.

According to him, “If one side thinks it can gain power by escalating conflict, it is making big mistake.”

The best way was to resolve the conflict through talks, but this could not be done with the intention of one side, as long as the other side did not have the same intention.

Abdullah reiterated the need for political consensus, saying the Afghans could achieve peace and the current situation could change with the unity of people.

About his and President Ashraf Ghani visit to the US, Abdullah said senior US officials and senators promised that the US would continue to assist Afghanistan in various fields but would not have a military presence in the country.

He said the withdrawal of US and NATO forces did not mean an end of relationship but it meant a new chapter in ties.

He said the general message of the US president was that his country would assist Afghanistan politically and economically.

Sa/ma

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