International Affairs

Rabbani claims to convince Taliban for talks

KABUL: Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani claimed Thursday that he convinced the Taliban to negotiate peace after nine years of war in Afghanistan. Talking to media here, Rabbani, who heads the new peace council, said the Taliban did not completely reject the idea of negotiating a non-military solution to the war.

”They have some conditions to start the negotiations process. It gives us hope that they want to talk and negotiate,” Rabbani said.”We are taking our first steps,” he said. ”I believe there are people among the Taliban that have a message that they want to talk. They are ready.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the Taliban had previously denied that high-ranking officials from the group were in contact with senior Afghan officials.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, a top adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said he was getting strong support for the peace process from the international community, but negotiations with the Taliban must be led by Afghans.-SANA

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