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Taliban Talks With Pompeo, Iran Delegation

The Taliban and US delegations discussed via video conference Intra-Afghan talks and other related issues to Afghanistan on Monday. Taliban’s political office spokesman Suhail Shaheen said.

Shaheen said that Taliban deputy Mullah Baradar and his delegation spoke with US Secretary Mike Pompeo via video conference and discussed foreign troops' withdrawal based on the Doha agreement, the prisoners' release, intra-Afghan talks and reducing the level of fighting.

According to Shaheen, during the conference, Mullah Baradar said that the withdrawal of foreign troops should take place according to the timetable.

The US Secretary Mike Pompeo said the Taliban "has reduced violence by stopping their attacks on cities and key military bases but added that all sides should reduce violence in the country," Shaheen said.

However, in a recent report, the National Security Office claimed that a week earlier in June was the "bloodiest" in Afghanistan in the last couple of decades, citing hundreds of attacks in rural areas. 

According to Shaheen, Mullah Baradar called on the US Secretary of State to release Haji Bashar from a US prison, as well as the remaining Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Meanwhile, Shaheen said that Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Baradar also met with Iran’s special envoy Ibrahim Taherian in Doha and discussed Afghan migrants’ issues, the Afghan peace process and intra-Afghan talks.

During the meeting Mullah Baradar urged Taherian to deal with Afghan migrants in Iran "based on Islamic brotherhood."

Shaheen quoted Mullah Baradar as saying: "We are committed to all the provisions of the agreement. Once our prisoners are released, we are ready to start intra-Afghan talks."

Taliban Talks With Pompeo, Iran Delegation

Mullah Baradar called on the US Secretary of State to release Haji Bashar from a US prison, as well as the remaining Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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The Taliban and US delegations discussed via video conference Intra-Afghan talks and other related issues to Afghanistan on Monday. Taliban’s political office spokesman Suhail Shaheen said.

Shaheen said that Taliban deputy Mullah Baradar and his delegation spoke with US Secretary Mike Pompeo via video conference and discussed foreign troops' withdrawal based on the Doha agreement, the prisoners' release, intra-Afghan talks and reducing the level of fighting.

According to Shaheen, during the conference, Mullah Baradar said that the withdrawal of foreign troops should take place according to the timetable.

The US Secretary Mike Pompeo said the Taliban "has reduced violence by stopping their attacks on cities and key military bases but added that all sides should reduce violence in the country," Shaheen said.

However, in a recent report, the National Security Office claimed that a week earlier in June was the "bloodiest" in Afghanistan in the last couple of decades, citing hundreds of attacks in rural areas. 

According to Shaheen, Mullah Baradar called on the US Secretary of State to release Haji Bashar from a US prison, as well as the remaining Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Meanwhile, Shaheen said that Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Baradar also met with Iran’s special envoy Ibrahim Taherian in Doha and discussed Afghan migrants’ issues, the Afghan peace process and intra-Afghan talks.

During the meeting Mullah Baradar urged Taherian to deal with Afghan migrants in Iran "based on Islamic brotherhood."

Shaheen quoted Mullah Baradar as saying: "We are committed to all the provisions of the agreement. Once our prisoners are released, we are ready to start intra-Afghan talks."

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