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Afghanistan War: Taliban tell Trump that their doors are open

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Media Signature What do the Taliban say about US claims that negotiations are dead?

The Taliban have informed the BBC that their "doors are open" to the US president Donald Trump wants to resume the peace talks in the future.

Chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai insisted that the talks remain "dead" during an exclusive interview "the only way for peace in Afghanistan".

Earlier this month, both sides had agreed on an agreement to end the 1

8-year conflict.

Trump had even invited high-level Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to a meeting in Camp David on September 8. [19659004] However, a Taliban attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 6, killing one US soldier and eleven others prompted Mr. Trump to withdraw, saying the group "probably has no power to negotiate" if they could not agree during a ceasefire talks.

But Mr. Stanikzai rejected Mr Trump's concerns and told the BBC that the Taliban had done nothing wrong.

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"He added," We hope the other side will also reconsider their decision regarding the negotiations. "

What did the deal involve?

The full and exact details are not known.

However, Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington's leading negotiator, announced some details of the deal "in principle" – including the withdrawal of 5,400 troops from Afghanistan by the US within 20 weeks – during a television interview on September 3.

In return for the The Taliban agreed to promise that Afghanistan would never come. The Stanleyzai told the BBC that following the signing of the agreement, there would be a truce between the Taliban and foreigners Taliban and Afghan Government forces, he said.

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Media Title People in the capital of Helmand province tell the BBC if they think of the Tali peace ban is serious

The Taliban who now control more territories than at any time before the US-led invasion of 2001, do not recognize the legitimacy of the government of President Ashraf Ghani. They refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government until a US agreement was reached.

Mr Stanikzai said the in-Afghan talks had started on 23 September, if an agreement had been reached, and included discussions about a broader ceasefire.

He also confirmed that the Taliban had asked both Russia and China for help in the peace negotiations.

In the meantime, the Afghan National Security Advisor has stated that the "intimidation tactics" of the Taliban are unsuccessful.

"Only in this way can peace in Afghanistan be seen through negotiations with the Afghan government," said Drs. Hamdullah Mohibt of the BBC.

He added, "Open talks with our neighbors, those who sponsor and support the Taliban – that must be in the foreground of our talks, not in the background."

What is the security situation in Afghanistan?

According to the BBC, averaged over 74 people were killed every day in August.

Without a deal, the attacks continue unabated. Two suicide bombers killed at least 48 people on Tuesday. Medical staff said children were among the victims of an election rally targeted by a bomber. President Ghani should speak before the elections this month.

Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban.



A man injured in one of two suicide bombings on Tuesday

However, Stanikzai blamed "high numbers of civilian casualties" on "foreign forces" and referred to United Nations statistics that more civilians were killed by Afghan and US forces in the first half of 2019 than by insurgents.

He also defended the Taliban for seeking refuge in civilian homes, and refused to be infected by the Taliban's many direct attacks that killed ordinary men, women, and children.

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