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Taliban Promise Coexistence with Afghan Institutions

KABUL – In a marked softening of their harsh stance, Taliban say they are exploring ways of coexistence with Afghan institutions.
Once US forces exit Afghanistan, the Taliban would live with other Afghans and start life like brothers, says Suhail Shaheen – spokesperson for the movement’s political office in Qatar.
In an audio message to The Associated Press, Shaheen said: “After the end of occupation, Afghans should forget their past and tolerate one another for a coexistence.”
“After the (US) withdrawal, we are not seeking a monopoly on power…We believe in an inclusive Afghan world, where all Afghans can see themselves in it,” he remarked.
Another round of talks between the Taliban and US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was planned for February 25 in Doha, he said, adding the two sides would set up joint technical teams to work out details of a future US troop pullout from Afghanistan.
Shaheen described the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan a shared responsibility and a pride for all Afghans.
(Sahar News)

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