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U.S. envoy doubts Afghan Taliban's desire for peace

U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad raised doubts on Thursday about the Afghan Taliban’s desire to end the war, after the militants refused to meet with an Afghan negotiating team.

While he was certain that the Afghan government wanted to stop the conflict, Mr. Khalilzad told Ariana News that he questioned whether the Taliban was “genuinely seeking peace”. Mr. Khalilzad’s remarks to Afghan media following his latest face-to-face meeting with the Taliban echoed those expressed privately by some Western diplomats.

“If the Taliban are really seeking peace, they have to sit with the Afghan government ultimately to reach an agreement on the future political settlement in Afghanistan,” Mr. Khalilzad said. The Taliban has long refused to talk directly to the Afghan government, which the group accuses of being a puppet of the U.S.

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