Tal­iban spurns Ghani’s of­fer of of­fice in Kabul

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Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani on Sun­day of­fered the Tal­iban the pos­si­bil­ity of open­ing an of­fice in Afghanistan but the pro­posal was swiftly spurned by the group that is de­ter­mined to keep his govern­ment out of ac­cel­er­at­ing peace talks.

“If the Tal­iban want an of­fice, I will give it to them in Kabul, Nan­garhar or Kan­da­har by to­mor­row,” Mr. Ghani said while vis­it­ing the province of Nan­garhar, a hot­bed of in­sur­gent vi­o­lence.

Tal­iban spokesman So­hail Shahin said that the fo­cus was in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of their ex­ist­ing site in Doha. He said Mr. Ghani was try­ing to harm the peace ef­forts with his of­fer. “Our de­mand about hav­ing an of­fi­cial po­lit­i­cal of­fice is clear, we want that our of­fice in Doha is recog­nised by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the United Na­tions,” Mr. Shahin said.

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