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Taliban requests Doha as a local office instead of Afghan President offer

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The offer of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Taliban for opening an office in Afghanistan is refused by the group in order to keep the government out of accelerating peace talks.

Ghani feels disappointed as Taliban shuts his administration out of negotiations with US & Russian talks with Afghanistan opposition politicians inspite of his repeated offers to give Taliban a secure official address for any future diplomatic aid between two sides.

“If the Taliban wants an office, I will give it to them in Kabul, Nangarhar or Kandahar by tomorrow, we will bring a lasting and honorable peace to the country”, Ghani announcment while visiting the province of Nangarhar, a hotbed of insurgent violence on the border with Pakistan.

Taliban considers Nangarhar as their stronghold for controlling districts across half the country for more than 17 years since they were toppled from power.

Taliban officials requested a a formal office among a string of demands in Moscow include removal of the followings “western sanctions, travel bans on Taliban members & propaganda” against the group”.

Taliban spokesperson Sohail Shahin told Reuters that the place for their international recognition of their existing site is in Doha, Qatar.

“Our demand about having an official political office is clear, we want that our office in Doha is recognized by the international community and the United Nations,” Shahin announced.

Another round of talks between US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad & Taliban negotiators will be held in Qatar on February 25 around a ceasefire to end America’s longest war in addition to withdrawal of foreign troops based in Afghanistan.

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