Taliban said that negotiations to end the 17-year long Afghan conflict are heading in the positive directions. However, some points still need to be discussed. They denied the US proposal of negotiation with the Afghan government.
The Taliban sources said talks with the Afghan government are possible only when the US troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Before the withdrawal, there is no possibility of talks with the Afghan government.
Earlier, the Taliban and the US officials representative Zalmay Khalilzad have long unexpected talks in Doha which lasted for 6 days. According to Zalmay Khalilzad: “Meeting here were more productive than they had ever in the past. We made significant progress on vital issues. Furthermore, he said:” We will build on the momentum and resume talks shortly. We have a number of issues left to work out.
The Taliban has rejected the proposal to talk with the Afghan government whom they consider as “puppet”.
The Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid released a statement saying: “ Since issues are of critical nature and need comprehensive discussions. Therefore it was decided that the talks about the unresolved matters will resume in similar future meetings.”