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Afghan Taliban rejects reports of peace talks

IANS  |  Kabul 

The outfit on Sunday rejected reports that a delegation was taking part in peace negotiations in

Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported spokesman, said in an that "reports about delegation of Islamic Emirate of participating at talks in are baseless", reported.

The Taliban militants use the name of Islamic Emirate they had used during their rule (1996-2001).

"We have neither sent any delegation nor can any participant represent the Islamic Emirate. Such fake processes are the work of intelligence and hostile acts against the ongoing Jihad," he said in the statement.

On Saturday, media reported that an intra-peace dialogue was taking place in to find a negotiated end to the decades-long conflict in

The reports said the meeting was arranged in cooperation with the

In 2010, the initiated peace and reconciliation process with the militants but the Taliban leaders have frequently rejected the offer.

The first-ever unofficial direct talks between the representatives of the and the Taliban were held in in July 2015, but the process was scuttled after confirmation of the death of Taliban former



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 17:56 IST