Taliban Insists Talks with USA only About 'American Intervention’

UAE reports'positive results from latest round of US-Taliban talks

UAE reports'positive results from latest round of US-Taliban talks

Despite the optimism expressed by WAM, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan's Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said today the Taliban delegation made a mistake by refusing to sit with the representatives of the Afghan government during talks.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Military of Pakistan said Ambassador Khalilzad called on Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bajwa and discussed regional security and Afghan peace process.

The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that reconciliation talks it hosted between the United States and Taliban officials from Afghanistan produced tangible and positive results.

While he was certain the Afghan government wanted to stop the conflict, Khalilzad told Ariana News that he questioned whether the Taliban were "genuinely seeking peace".

Some Kabul residents meanwhile said it was better if Taliban would have met the Afghan government's team in UAE.

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In another breakthrough, three representatives of the Haqqani network - Hafiz Yahya, Saadullah Hamas and Dr Faqeer - were also present at the talks, The Associated Press quoted an anonymous Taliban source as saying.

Earlier in the day, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said no talks had taken place with the Kabul administration and that other issues would not be discussed because the "root cause of all problems and the biggest obstacle to peace is the occupation of Afghanistan and bringing it to an end".

At the meeting, Khalilzad pressed for the release of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan -- American Kevin King, 61, and Australian Timothy Weeks -- who were kidnapped from Kabul in August 2016, the Taliban official said. "Talks revolved around withdrawal of occupation forces from Afghanistan, ending the oppression being carried out by the United States and its allies and views were exchanged with the mentioned countries about peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan", the statement said. Whereas, the TTP has no legitimacy for its operations against Pakistani security forces, he said, adding that the outlawed terror outfit has neither remained in the power nor it has any solid ground to continue its war against Pakistan, he added.

"We will continue to work with our allies; U.S. and UAE and others to produce positive results for the brotherly Afghani people in order to find an end to the conflict and establish much needed peace and security in Afghanistan." he said. "Saudi Arabia and the UAE extend their thanks to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well as the US, Pakistani and Taliban delegations for their effective participation and support for ensuring the success of the conference", according to the UAE's state-run news agency. "This move is a political defeat for the Taliban", the statement added.

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