Afghan government rejects reports on talk with Taliban

21:04, June 28, 2010      

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Chief spokesman of Afghan president on Monday rejected media reports that the president had secretly met a senior leader of Taliban outfit fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops.

Waheed Omar told a press briefing here, "There has not been any visit by any senior member of Taliban, ( Sirajuddin) Haqqani group and anybody else."

He added that "We strongly condemn such baseless reports that are part of propaganda against Afghanistan government."

He made this comments in the wake of media reports that President Hamid Karzai has met Taliban commander Sirajuddin alongside with Pakistan's chief of army staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and chief of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha.

Omar described such reports as part of a campaign to undermine the peace process in his country.

However, he said that President Karzai is to issue an order to form a High Council of Peace and Reconciliation soon to contacts the armed anti-government militants.

Afghan government in a bid to find permanent solution for crisis and ensure lasting peace in the country convened a consultative peace gathering early this month and the participants of the gathering urged the government to push for dialogue with Taliban and associated groups.



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