In yet another twist to the US-Afghan-Taliban negotiations, Afganistan President Ashraf Ghani, on Sunday tweeted that his government was the first to offer unconditional peace talks to the Taliban adding that he got rid of the obstacles put in place by the previous governments.
(For the first time, I announced the unconditional offer of peace talks to the Taliban. For the unprecedented reason, I said that the previous government had imposed 11 conditions for negotiating with the Taliban, which was the main obstacle to the start of the peace process. But I got rid of these obstacles).
This development comes a day after the Afghan government had announced that it was preparing for direct negotiations with the Taliban in the next two weeks, as per International news reports.
In response, the Taliban had quickly rejected the offer standing by their claims that until the United States announces a schedule for withdrawing the remainder of its 14,000 troops in the country, it would not participate in any peace talks with the Afghan government, as per reports.
The US government and the Terror group Taliban had agreed to hold peace talks in a bid to end the 18-year long war, in line with US President Donald Trump's aim to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan.
Khalilzad, an Afghan-American diplomat represented the US side, while Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai representing the Taliban have conducted six rounds of talks with the last one concluded on Saturday in Doha, as per reports.
As of date, the Afghan government has not been a part of the negotiations as the Taliban claims that the government is a 'mere puppet ' of the US. The next round of US-Afghan talks is scheduled in October. The Taliban government was overthrown in 2001 by a US-led military coalition for sheltering al-Qaeda, the group blamed for the 9/11 attacks in the US.