The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar clarified his stance regarding the establishment of safe zones for the Taliban group, insisting that his recommendation for safe zones never meant to hand over certain provinces in control of the group.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Hekmatyar said he has submitted his proposals for peace process to Afghan government and Washington.

Hekmatyar further added that the offers are currently on the tables of the Afghan government, the White House, and the US Defense Department.

He did not elaborate further in this regard but added that the ongoing conflict and war will have no winner, emhasizing that peace is the only way to end the violence.

In regards to his recommendations for the safe zones for Taliban, Hekmatyar said such zones should be created in a bid to help protect the Taliban group members and their families who are willing to join peace process.

He rejected the notion that Hezb-e-Islami supports the handover of the control of certain provinces to Taliban.

This comes as the Taliban group has so far refrained from participation in direct peace talks with the Afghan government and insists on direct talks with the US.

The Afghan government last month announced its offer for reconciliation with the Taliban group and promised that the government is prepared to identify the group as a political group if it refrains from insurgency and join peace talks.