Web Desk(June 13, 2018): Taliban leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada has called for direct talks with the United States, stating that occupying forces should leave Afghanistan if they want peace in the country.
In an Eid message Akhundzada said, the US forces and “other occupying forces” should leave the country so that an independent intra-Afghan government “can take root”.
“If the American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio, then they must directly present themselves to the negotiation table so that this tragedy, the destructive effects of which mainly harm the American and Afghan people, can be resolved through talks,” Akhundzada said in a statement.
Following the announcement of temporary ceasefire, the US had said it was ready to participate in talks with the Taliban.
Deputy Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for Central Asia at the National Security Council Lisa Curtis had said US cannot act on behalf of Afghan officials in peace talks with the Taliban, but they want to participate in the talks.