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April 15, 2021

Negotiation with Taliban doesn’t mean surrender to their demands, VP Saleh

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, on Tuesday rejected if peace negotiation with the Taliban meant surrendering to their demands and believes.

In a ceremony to commemorate the 19th martyrdom anniversary of the country’s National Hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud, the first vice-president said: “Peace and negotiations with the Taliban doesn’t mean giving up the people values and havings.”

“The government, in negotiation with the Taliban, would explain with toughness, courage and eloquence the demands and values of the people in the two national languages of the country,” said VP Saleh.

Pointing to this importance that negotiation with the outfit was not surrendering to their demands and values, VP Saleh added that this is clear that neither government nor the Taliban would surrender to each other, but the only way is referring to the people vote.  “If the Taliban think they have place among the people, they should indicate through the people votes.”

Meantime, Head of High Council for National Reconciliation, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said intra-Afghan dialogue would start soon and the government negotiating team would leave for Qatar in near future.

Addressing the Martyrs’ Week ceremony, Dr. Abdullah said he had no enmity with the Taliban, so he wanted to close the chapter of enmity with the group.

Dr. Abdullah also said that those who want the country to be humiliated and those who are the enemy of peace, dignity and survival of Afghanistan was his enemy.

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