The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has warned to suspend talks with the United States regarding the peace process if Washington refuses the inclusion of troops withdrawal in the agenda of the talks.

The group issued a statement late on Tuesday claiming that “the Unites States agreed during Doha meeting in the month of November 2018 about discussing the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the upcoming meeting.”

The statement further adds that the United States is backing away from that agenda and is unilaterally adding new subjects.

“Hence the Islamic Emirate warns the United States that if the current state of affairs continues and America sustains her insincerity, then the Islamic Emirate will be forced to stall all talks and negotiations until America ends her unlawful pressures and maneuvering and steps forward towards true peace,” the statement added.

This comes as efforts are underway to revive peace talks with the group in a bid to end the 17-year long war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday met with President Ghani and briefed the Afghan leaders regarding recent trips to the region aimed at reviving peace talks with the militants.


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