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Jul 28, 2019
5:11PM

Taliban reject talk of direct negotiations with Afghan govt

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An Afghan official said today that the government would hold its first-ever direct talks with the Taliban within two weeks, but the insurgents quickly denied any such meeting was planned. 

Taliban reiterated their opposition to negotiating with government representatives in their official capacity.

Abdul Salam Rahimi, Afghanistan's state minister for peace affairs, said earlier that a 15-member government delegation will meet with the Taliban in Europe, without elaborating.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, there has been no agreement on such a meeting and that has not been coordinated with Taliban. He said that once the insurgents reach an agreement with the US, they would be open to intra-Afghan talks, but any government representatives would have to participate in a personal capacity.

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is currently visiting Kabul, tweeted that another round of intra-Afghan talks would occur after they conclude their own agreements.

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