Taliban threatens to stall peace talks if US ‘deflects” from troop withdrawal demand

The Taliban on Tuesday threatened to stall peace talks with the United States if the latter deflect from the issue of foreign force withdrawal from Afghanistan. The withdrawal is a key demand of the hardline Islamic militants to end the 17-year war.

In a statement, the Taliban said America must pursue the peace talks with “sincere intentions” or it “will be forced to stall all talks and negotiations until America ends her unlawful pressures and maneuvering and steps forward toward true peace.”

Last week senior leaders of the Taliban canceled the fourth round of peace talks with Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan over an “agenda disagreement.”

The warning comes a day after Taliban perpetrated an attack outside a highly fortified compound killing at least four people and wounding more than 110 Afghans and expatriates in Kabul city.

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