Afghan president offers Taliban peace talks

  • Afghan president offers Taliban peace talks

Afghan president offers Taliban peace talks

Meanwhile, former President Hamid Karzai also chimed in, suggesting that Russian Federation should be approached to play a role as a peacemaker in the country.

The apparent openness by both sides to some form of negotiations came as civilian casualties have soared in recent months, with the Taliban increasingly targeting towns and cities in response to a new and more aggressive USA military policy ordered by President Donald Trump in August. The recent attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces more than 16 years after the US-led invasion toppled the Taleban.

"Russia can contribute massively to peace in Afghanistan". The remarks though not referring to any group or country in particular, is seen as a reference to Pakistan which is widely believed to support the Taliban through its Inter Services Intelligence spy agency.

While the Kremlin denies arming the group, Russian Federation wants to deny the USA another permanent base near its borders and supports the Taliban's demand for foreign troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.

The Afghan government and the Taliban held peace talks in 2015, but they broke down nearly immediately.

"However, Moscow's influence over and engagement with the Taliban is often overstated - other efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiation table through Pakistan or even China have failed; there is no reason to think that Russian Federation should have greater leverage". The United Nations also backs this approach.

The comments, a month after a suicide attack in central Kabul killed around 100 people, represented a change in tone for Ghani, who has regularly called the Taliban "terrorists" and "rebels" although he has also offered to talk with parts of the movement that accepted peace.

The Taliban on Thursday issued a cool response to proposals that they should begin peace talks with the Afghan government, a day after President Ashraf Ghani offered a pact to recognise the insurgents as a legitimate party in negotiations.

The man also spent one year in Afghanistan's Paktia province near the Pakistani border, and one year with the Red Unit in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand, Bahadurzai said.

"If Ashraf Ghani dreams of peace in the presence of the invaders, he must understand that such efforts have not resulted in anything in the past 17 years", dpa quoted the Taliban statement as saying.

Taliban officials have acknowledged they have faced pressure from friendly countries to accept talks, and said their recent offers to talk to the United States reflected concern that they could be seen to be standing in the way of peace. "We are being used by different powers for their own purposes".