Taliban Has No Problem With Istanbul Summit in Principle: HCNR

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KABUL: The US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad told the Afghan government that the Taliban in principle had no problem with the upcoming UN-led conference on Afghanistan in Turkey.



Assadullah Saadati, the deputy head of the HCNR, told Tolo News that the Taliban had in plan to convene a preliminary meeting before heading to Turkey; but the group had so far did not make any official comment on the regard.



According to Saadati, Khalilzad during his recent visit to Kabul had said that the Taliban had no problem with the Istanbul conference in principle.



“The argument is that in principle they do not see any problem with the Istanbul conference, however, they suggested a preliminary meeting to be held in advance to help the Istanbul conference be result-oriented,” he said.



However, he did not provide further details in this regard.



Meanwhile, the Taliban, in a weekly statement, called on the UN and the US to remove the names of Taliban leaders from its blacklists ‘if the organization is honest about the Afghan peace.’



After the US president’s announcement of withdrawing troops beyond the deadline agreed with the Taliban, the group in reaction to the move said that they would not attend any conferences on Afghanistan until all foreign forces leave the country.



This comes as attacks by Taliban militants on Afghan forces’ targets have intensified countrywide which worried the Afghan public.