Talks Need to Continue Regardless of Spike in Violence: Abdullah


KABUL: Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation emphasize that negotiations with the Taliban should continue regardless increasing Taliban attacks.

“I think we shouldn’t shut the door unless it’s completely shut by the Taliban,” Abdullah told Reuters on Friday.

 “We can’t say no to talks despite a lack of progress or in spite of what’s happening on the ground,” he said.

Abdullah added that, there was “perhaps more optimism” about a peace deal when the negotiations have begun because “the Taliban said things to different interlocutors that created optimism.”

 “Eventually, the last man killed will not be a solution,” He believes, “There has to be a peaceful settlement,” he concluded.