Taliban Rejects Ghani’s Call for Political Reconciliation -VOA News

FILE – Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a panel discussion at Asia Society in New York, Sept. 20, 2017.

The Taliban has ruled out political reconciliation with the Afghan government and urged war-weary voters to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in the country, alleging the “fake” exercise is being staged at the behest of U.S.-led “foreign occupation” forces.

The statement comes in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s call on Saturday in which he invited the Taliban again to avail themselves of his offer of peace talks and join the October 20 elections in Afghanistan as a “political party.”

Ghani made his offer of unconditional peace talks in February, a move widely welcomed by domestic and international partners of …. Read More on VOA News