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No Official Discussion of Taliban Inclusion in Bonn II: GMIC

No Official Discussion of Taliban Inclusion in Bonn II: GMIC

KABUL - Director of the Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) on Tuesday said participation of the Taliban in forthcoming Bonn conference has not yet been discussed officially. The only way that Taliban could participate in the Bonn conference is that they become part of Afghan delegation, Director of GMIC Abdul Hakim Asher said. The Taliban wouldn't have any chance to partake in the conference as a side of negotiation, Abdul Hakim Asher said.

In the Bonn conference due on December, Afghanistan will be represented by a delegation assigned to present the country officially.
"Apart from the Afghan delegation, no other side could participate in the conference. All sides could become part of the Afghan delegation for peace, stability, negotiation purposes and then participate in the conference," Abdul Hakim Asher said.

Earlier at an exclusive interview with Tolo news, US Ambassador to Afghanistan said the second Bonn conference will be led by Afghans and Kabul should decide whether to exclude or include Taliban in the conference.

But before that Ryan Crocker said that there is no space for the Taliban to take part in the forthcoming Bonn conference.
Meanwhile, Taliban commanders have told Tolo news that the coming Bonn conference without participation of Taliban would add to violence in Afghanistan.

Opening of Bonn conference outside Afghanistan means that the country is not sovereign and without an elected government, the two former Taliban commanders said.
Sayed Mohammad Akbar Agha, the former leader of the Taliban Jaish al-Muslimeen group and Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former senior Taliban official, told Tolo news that the conference would be a mistake if the Taliban are excluded.