‘All talk, no con­clu­sion in end­ing Afghan hos­til­i­ties’

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The Afghan Tal­iban has said that de­spite the on­go­ing talks with the US and other re­gional pow­ers, it had “not yet reached” any con­clu­sion that would en­tail an im­me­di­ate end to hos­til­i­ties against Amer­ica and its al­lies, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­port.

“We are forced to wage war. Our en­e­mies are at­tack­ing us; there­fore, we are also com­bat­ing them,” Tal­iban spokesman Zabi­ul­lah Mu­jahid was quoted as say­ing by DawnNewsTV.

In a series of tweets af­ter six days of talks with the Tal­iban rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Doha last month, Spe­cial US Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Afghanistan Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Zal­may Khalilzad said the US has made “sig­nif­i­cant progress” in its peace talks with the Tal­iban. But Mu­jahid said that even in the Moscow talks, noth­ing con­crete was achieved that would com­pel them to end the war and mil­i­tary pres­sure.

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