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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tajik Talks Threatened

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan () -- The government of Tajikistan threatened to pull out of peace talks with the exiled opposition Wednesday after at least two government soldiers were killed by rebel attacks in the Central Asian state.

Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov, leading the government team, said after a meeting with the opposition in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat that if fighting continued "the government will stop its participation in the talks" that are in their third day.

A government spokesman said by telephone from the Tajik capital Dushanbe that the two soldiers were killed in an attack in the Tavildara region of central Tajikistan on Tuesday.