Top Afghan government official says Taliban should have a place at peace talks

Top Afghan government official says Taliban should have a place at peace talks

A top official in Afghanistan’s government says the Taliban – Islamic extremists who have waged a deadly war in that country – should take part in peace talks when the opportunity arises.

Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of Afghanistan who is governing in tandem with President Ashraf Ghani, visited Halifax this weekend for the annual Halifax International Security Forum.

He said the Afghan government believes a settlement likely depends on bringing the Taliban into negotiations. “Absolutely. The door is open,” said Mr. Abdullah. “[Our] national unity government … has shown its willingness to try to convince them to come to the table.

“If the Taliban opt for the political process … I think people will welcome that,” he said. Mr. Abdullah said he doesn’t think most Afghans would vote for a Taliban party, however. “I am pretty confident people will reject their ideas.”

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