Alwaght- Afghan Taliban dismissed Kabul’s offer of next month talks with the US officials in Saudi Arabia, a leader of the militant group said on Sunday, Reuters reported.
Representatives from the Taliban, the US and regional countries met this month in the United Arab Emirates for talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
But the Taliban have refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan government.
“We will meet the US officials in Saudi Arabia in January next year and we will start our talks that remained incomplete in Abu Dhabi,” a member of the Taliban’s decision-making Leadership Council told Reuters. “However, we have made it clear to all the stakeholders that we will not talk to the Afghan government.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the leaders of the group would not talk to the Afghan government.
The militants have insisted on first reaching an agreement with the US, which the group sees as the main force in Afghanistan since US-led forces invaded the Asian country in 2001.