Afghan ambassador: Taliban attacks undermine negotiations

An Afghan military ambulance rushes towards the site of an explosion near police headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

Afghanistan’s ambassador to the US says unrelenting Taliban attacks like the deadly car bomb that rocked Kabul on Wednesday are undermining the credibility of negotiations to end the nearly 18-year-old war.
 
The attack, which killed at least 14 people, occurred after the American diplomat conducting US talks with the Taliban reported that “excellent progress” was being made.
 
The Taliban say differences have been resolved over the withdrawal of the remaining US troops and about Taliban assurances not to harbor extremist groups, such as al-Qaida.
 
Successful US-Taliban talks would set the stage for all-Afghan negotiations.
 
The Taliban has said it won’t meet with the Afghan government.
 
But Ambassador Roya Rahmani says there’s no way to implement a negotiated peace if the government is sidelined.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00
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