By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Idrees Zaman says Afghanistan is not supporting any peace talks held without presence of Afghanistan government.
Speaking to journalists in a news conference held yesterday, deputy minister of foreign affairs said Taliban delegation paid a visit to Pakistan to ask the country for cooperation in resuming peace talks with the US.
“Afghanistan government is not supporting such talks as these talks do not help maintain peace in the country,” Zaman said, adding that the Afghan government was seeking peace talks led and owned by Afghans and can guarantee lasting and dignified peace in the country.
He also said that Taliban visit to Islamabad was about the release of two US hostages and had nothing to do with the peace process, stressing that the Taliban’s visit to other countries has no consequences except their humiliation.
He once again insisted that all routes to the peace were passing from Kabul.
Deputy minister of foreign affairs further said that peace could not be achieved as long as the centers for financing, equipping and training terrorist groups such as the Taliban were active in Pakistan.
Idrees Zaman added that after declaration of results of the country’s presidential election, the new government of Afghanistan would refer to the people for resuming peace talks with the Taliban group.