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Afghan officials, Taliban meet in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: Afghan officials have reportedly held an ‘unofficial’ meeting with Taliban’s representative in Istanbul on Sunday.

The voanews.com reported that the meeting was arranged in cooperation with the Turkish government.  Terms of References (ToR) for the Peace-talk were discussed in the meeting.

The report said delegates of Taliban’s office in Qatar and members of some other Taliban groups, including Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) were present at the meeting.

HIA spokesperson Mohammad Nadar Afghan confirmed, but Taliban’s spokesman Zabih­ullah Mujahid denied his group’s participation in the Istanbul meeting.

“We have neither sent any delegation nor can any participant represent the Islamic Emirate. Such fake processes are the work of secret agencies and constitute hostile acts against the ongoing jihad.”

The Afghan government has also refrained from offering any comment on the issue.

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