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Russia Welcomes Taliban’s Statement on Talks With US

Russia Welcomes Taliban’s Statement on Talks With US

MOSCOW – Russia welcomed the statement by Taliban regarding the continuation of peace talks with the United States.
Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said on Thursday, “We welcome the Taliban Movement’s statement on readiness to continue dialogue with the US.”
Zakharova further said, “We still believe, that political and diplomatic settlement is needed in Afghanistan.”
Taliban issued a statement four days ago: “We are committed to continuing negotiations till the end if a [political] settlement is chosen instead of war.”
The statement also added, “Islamic emirate has its own policy and a firm stance. We called for talks 20 years ago and the stance is the same today and we believe that the US is unduly coming back to its [previous] stance.”
Taliban issued the statement after President Trump called off peace talks with the group on Sunday following a series of deadly attacks in Kabul which killed dozens recently including an American service member.
Meanwhile, President Trump on Wednesday issued fresh warnings to Taliban after the suspension of the talks, emphasizing that the strikes against the group will ‘continue’.
Speaking during a ceremony to mark the 9/11 attacks, President Trump said: “We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people.”
President Trump further added: “The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue.”
He also said, “And if, for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before. And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will have never seen anything like what will happen to them.”
(Sahar News)

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