Taliban attend Paris Conference on AfghanistanThe Afghan high peace council officials said Sunday that they are unaware of any secret peace talks between the Taliban group representatives and Afghan government.

Mawlavi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman for the Afghan high peace council said the council is unaware of secret meetings between two Afghan ministers and Taliban group representatives in United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Shahid further added that the Afghan high peace council welcomes the positive step towards the Afghan peace process, if such a meeting has taken place.

This comes as a Taliban group representative told Associated Press that the two sides met secretly in UAE, however no progress were made regarding a peace deal.

The official further added, the meeting took place between two Afghan ministers and Taliban delegates, as Pakistan has been releasing dozens of Taliban prisoners in an effort to revive peace talks.

He also added that Taliban group in Afghanistan would accept indirect mediation between the two parties, just as was done in 1989 that led to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the Taliban official said both the Taliban and other armed groups are gearing up for another confrontation once international troops exit.

He said the field commanders of the Taliban group are opposing peace talks as they are confident to reclaim the country, despite the leadership of the Taliban group is interested in peace talks.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.