KABUL - UN Security Council on Thursday will make a decision about the removal of names of a number of Taliban leaders from blacklist, Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Deputy Foreign Minister said the Afghan government has submitted a list of twenty names of Taliban leaders, who are considered effective in peace talks, to the UN Security Council.
The UN Security Council will announce its final decision tomorrow, Deputy Foreign Minister Jawid Ludin said.
But members of High Peace Council said names of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban leader, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-e-Islami party, are not included in the list.
"The list has already been taken to them by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," Foreign Minister Spokesman Janan Mosazai told TOLOnews.
Members of High Peace Council see the removal of names of Taliban leaders beneficial to peace efforts of the Afghan government.
"Names of Mullah Mohammad Omar and Hekmatyar have not been mentioned here. Names of some Taliban leaders have been inserted in the list," Attaullah Ludin, Deputy Head of High Peace Council, said.
Meanwhile, The Express Tribune paper has written that the United States has held contacts with the leader of the Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The paper has said a former spokesman to the Taliban has provided the US with a chance to make contact with Mullah Omar.
But Afghan High Peace Council dismissed contacts between the United States and leader of the Afghan Taliban.
The United States has suggested to the Taliban that they have control over southern parts of Afghanistan and the northern parts should be controlled by the US puppets, but the Taliban had rejected the demand, the paper said. (Tolo News)