• publish: 17 April 2018
  • time: 7:41 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 6389

US maintains pressure on Taliban to persuade them for talks: Nicholson

The top US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has said he would maintain relentless pressure on Taliban in order to persuade the group to take part in peace talks.

He made the remarks during a visit to southern Kandahar province where he was accompanied by a delegation of high level officials from Afghanistan and abroad, according to Khaama.

Gen. Nicholson, quoted in a statement by the provincial government, said the Taliban might be considering options for the reconciliation process but he emphasized that political and military pressures will be maintained on the group until they opt peace process.

The top US commander also added that the offer by the government for reconciliation process is a good opportunity for the Taliban.

This comes as the group has so far refrained from participation in direct peace talks with the Afghan government and insists on direct talks with the US.

The group has so far refrained from any form of reconciliation process despite the Afghan government proposed that the government is prepared to recognize the group as a political movement besides making other offers to encourage the group to participate in the talks.

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