Taliban spurns Ghani’s offer of office in Kabul
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.