Taliban again invite Trump to ‘direct talks’ over Afghan crisis – DaliyTimes

ISLAMABAD: As President Donald Trump has delayed the long-awaited policy on the future US role in Afghanistan, which was scheduled to be unveiled on August 18, a Taliban leader has advised the American administration to hold direct talks with the militant outfit to end the America’s longest war.

Reports quoted US Defence Secretary James Mattis as saying President Trump has taken a decision on Afghan review but he did not offer any comments as to when it would be announced.

Former Taliban minister Agha Jan Mutasim says the Taliban are willing to talk to the US and that President Trump should come up with a positive response to help find out a political solution to the Afghan problem.

Afghan Taliban have long been insisting on direct talks with the US as they believe that Americans had dislodged their government and that only they have the power to decide the fate of Afghanistan.

Mutasim, who is now campaigning for political solution to the Afghan conflict, however, said the Taliban should not only be adamant on talks with the US but also join the intra-Afghan dialogue. “The Taliban should sit with the Afghan government. No doubt the real power to solve the problem lies with the US and its NATO allies, but the gov’t and the Taliban are also important sides and must begin mutual peace negotiations,” the Taliban leader told… Read More on DailyTimes