Taliban open to intra-Afghan talks in Uzbekistan, says spokesman

10:36 PM | 20 Jul, 2019
Taliban open to intra-Afghan talks in Uzbekistan, says spokesman
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KABUL – The Taliban will consider taking part in the next intra-Afghan peace conference in Uzbekistan as soon as they receive an invitation, a Taliban spokesman said on Saturday.

Afghanistan's 1TV channel cited sources who attended the recent conference in Qatar as saying earlier that the next meet-up would be hosted by the historic Uzbek city of Samarkand in three or four weeks.

"A date for the Uzbekistan meeting has not been set yet but if we get an invitation we will consider it," Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman for Taliban's political office in Doha, told Sputnik.

The militant group has so far refused to talk directly to the Afghan government, who they call a US puppet. Afghan government officials who attended the July 7-8 talks with the Taliban in Doha acted privately.

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