Taliban unprepared for Turkey conference, ask foreign troops to leave


KABUL: The Taliban announced on Wednesday that they would not attend any conference on Afghanistan’s future until all foreign troops completely withdrawn from the country. 
The group’s Qatar-based spokesman, Mohammad Naeem, declared the announcement on his Twitter account.
“Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, the Islamic Emirate will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan,” Naeem tweeted.
“The IEA performs its works with consultations according to the guidance of the noble religion of Islam and then adopts the stance whatsoever is decided in the result of the consultation,” He said.
The announcement came after US media publicized on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden plans to pull all troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attack on the US.
Biden is set to announce his intention to retain troops in the country past the May 1 deadline on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post, an American daily newspaper.
The Turkey conference on Afghan peace was expected to hold in Istanbul in late April. The summit aimed to find a political solution for Afghanistan crisis will be attended by Afghan government and regional countries.