Afghanistan: In a statement released yesterday on Voice of Jihad and circulated by other Taliban propaganda channels, the Afghan Taliban once again rejected direct talks with the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, calling it “impotent” and questioning its legitimacy.
The Taliban has consistently maintained for more than a decade that it refuses to negotiate with the Afghan government, nor will it share power with it. It insists that peace will be achieved once the US and NATO withdraw their forces from the country.
Following is the latest Taliban statement rejecting direct talks with Kabul:
Remarks by spokesman of Islamic Emirate regarding comments by head of Kabul administration Ashraf Ghani
Today a conference about Afghanistan was convened in Geneva. The conference was also attended by Ashraf Ghani along with his team.
During his speech, Ashraf Ghani declared setting up a negotiation team that will talk with the Islamic Emirate. He also forwarded proposals about negotiations that were beyond his capabilities.
The policy of the Islamic Emirate about negotiations is very clear. The Islamic Emirate, as a representative of its nation, is waging war against the American invaders for the past eighteen years.
The Islamic Emirate, as a representative of the valiant Mujahid Afghan nation and as a sovereign entity, is fighting and negotiating with the American invaders for the success of Jihad.
It considers talking to powerless and foreign imposed entities as a waste of time because impotent sides do not possess the capacity of making decision.
The entire world understands that more than half of Afghanistan is under the control of Islamic Emirate whereas the Kabul administration is installed by the Americans and imposed on the Muslim Afghan nation. This regime is neither the government of the Afghan people and neither can it represent the valiant and Mujahid Afghan nation.