Taliban deny imminent formal talks with Kabul


The Taliban have rejected Afghan government claims the enemies could meet for groundbreaking talks with in a fortnight.

Abdul Salam Rahimi, Afghanistan’s state minister for peace affairs, told AP that a 15-member government delegation will meet the insurgents in Europe.

The Taliban quickly denied any meeting however, saying there would be no talks until it had agreed a timetable with America for the withdrawal of US troops.

Zalmay Khalilzad, Donald Trump’s envoy for peace in Afghanistan, seemed to back the Taliban position.

He said: “Lot of chatter in Kabul about intra-Afghan negotiations. To clarify, those negotiations will occur after we conclude our own agreements.”


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