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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taliban Disdain Peace Talks Offer

KABUL -- Afghanistan's fundamentalist Islamic Taliban rejected Monday an offer of peace talks from the Uzbek militia leader Abdul Rashid Dostum, saying the invitation was an insult.


"When the enemy was defeated, they launched this offer to waste time and keep the opposition busy," Acting Information Minister Amir Khan Mutaqi said.


"We do not want to take part in negotiations which we believe will have no result," Mutaqi said. Dostum heads an anti-Taliban alliance, which also includes forces led by Ahmad Shah Masood, the military chief of the ousted President Burhanuddin Rabbani.


Dostum had invited all religious and political parties to his stronghold of Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan to discuss the future of the country, according to a British Broadcasting Corporation report Sunday.


Mutaqi called on all other parties who fought a Moscow-backed communist regime in the 1980s to boycott the meeting.