Afghan Government: No Plans To Revive Peace Talks With Taliban

The Afghan president’s office said there are currently no plans to try to kick-start peace talks with the Taliban.

Haroon Chakhansuri, spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said on July 14 that a four-nation group created in hopes of starting talks with Talbian representatives had no plans to meet, the AP reported.

The group — which is made up of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States — has met five times this year in both Kabul and Pakistan.

But Taliban representatives refused to participate in any of the meetings.

Ghani has accused Islamabad of harboring Taliban leaders, a charge that Pakistani officials reject.

Chakhansuri said Afghanistan continues to suffer from “terrorist groups that operate from and have a support base in Pakistan.”

Ghani said upon assuming office in 2014 that he would seek to make peace with the Taliban and its affiliate, the Haqqani network.

But a series of bomb attacks in Kabul this year led Ghani to cut off dialogue with Pakistan until it ended support for the Taliban.

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