Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

UN team’s report on al-qaeda link baseless: Taliban

- Agencies

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KABUL: Taliban on Friday rejected the UN monitoring team’s report that the group is closely aligned with al-qaeda and has no indication of breaking ties.

“We reject this report. Regrettabl­y, it is compiled from false informatio­n provided by enemy circles and has exploited the position of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” the Taliban spokespers­on said.

Pinning the blame on the UN, the terrorist group said, “Release of such partisan reports calls into question the impartiali­ty of UNSC and damages its internatio­nal credibilit­y.”

This statement comes after the findings on the status of Taliban-controlled and contested districts were presented by the analytical support and sanctions monitoring team. The report issued on June 1, said that a significan­t section of the leadership of al-qaeda resides in the Afghanista­n and Pakistan border region.

According to UN member states, “Al-qaeda maintains contact with the Taliban but has minimised overt communicat­ions with Taliban leadership in an effort to “lay low” and not jeopardise the Taliban’s diplomatic position vis-a-vis the Doha agreement.”

China-led dialogue calls for resolution of conflict

The key to resolving Afghanista­n’s conflict lies in an “Afghanled and Afghan-owned” solution with a government in Kabul, which is neutral, follows moderate policies and firmly fights against terrorism.

These were among the consensus reached at the fourth Beijing-led dialogue of the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanista­n. China’s foreign minister Wang Yi, Afghan foreign minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi attended the dialogue via video link on Thursday.

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