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Afghanistan war: Taliban tell Trump ‘their doors are open’

The Taliban has told the BBC that their “doors are open” should US President Donald Trump want to resume peace talks in the future.

Chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai insisted negotiation remained “the only way for peace in Afghanistan” during an exclusive interview.

Mr Stanikzai’s words comes a week after Mr Trump declared the talks “dead”.

Earlier this month, the two sides had appeared close to a deal to end the 18-year conflicts

The Taliban attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on 6 September which killed a US soldier and 11 others, prompted Mr Trump to pull out, saying the group “probably don’t have the power to negotiate” if they were unable to agree to a ceasefire during talks.

Late on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement condemning recent Taliban attacks, saying the group “must begin to demonstrate a genuine commitment to peace”.

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

He added: “Open discussions with our neighbours, those who are sponsoring and supporting the Taliban – that needs to be at the front of our discussions, not the back of it.”

Source: BBC

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