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Taliban denies report of secret peace talks with Afghan government

IANS  |  Kabul 

The outfit on Wednesday rejected as baseless reports that it was holding secret peace talks with the government, media reported.

"No talks have been held with officials from Kabul regime, neither in Qatar, nor in other place and any report on the subject is baseless and fabricated," the Xinhua news agency reported citing a statement by the armed group.

In the statement, spokesman Zabihullah Majahid categorically stated that "the stance of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of ousted regime) with regard to peace talks is clear" and has not changed.

According to reports, the and the government on Tuesday resumed their secret talks in Qatar as the peace process started in 2013 broke down following the death of founder Mullah Omar's successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

The government, which inked a peace deal in September with Gulbudin Hekmatyar, leader of his own faction of the Hizb-e-Islami Islamic party, has been trying to ink a similar deal with the outfit.

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First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 17:50 IST
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