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Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

The Taliban has postponed a meeting with politicians and civil society representatives from Afghanistan over issues with the size and composition of the delegation that counted 250 members. The delegation included people working for the Afghan government, which the Taliban said was not in accordance with a list of members that both sides had agreed upon.

Even though the Taliban has recently participated in multiple rounds of peace talks with US government representatives, it refuses to meet with representatives of Afghanistan’s government, whose authority it doesn’t recognize. Last month, US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up 16 days of talks without a deal to end the war of 17 years. Both sides have broadly agreed that such an agreement would result in a withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan under condition that the country will not be used by militant groups to launch attacks against the US and allied countries.

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