The Taliban refused Sunday to negotiate with the Afghan government next month, in Saudi Arabia, where their representatives are to meet with US envoys to begin the peace process.
A delegation of the Islamist militia met with members of the US administration on December 17 in the United Arab Emirates, but the movement remains hostile to any official contact with Kabul.
“We will meet with US officials in Saudi Arabia in January and resume discussions that have remained incomplete in Abu Dhabi, but we have made it clear to all parties that we will not talk to the Afghan government,” a Central Council member told Reuters. Taliban.
The movement, which says it controls 70 percent of Afghan territory, had already ruled out talks “with unauthorized powers imposed by foreign powers,” his spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid once again confirmed. Its representatives, however, met with American diplomats three times this year.
According to two members of the US administration, Donald Trump plans to repatriate at least 5,000 of the 14,000 US military present in Afghanistan in the short term.