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Taliban Says It Can’t Join U.S.-Backed Peace Event In Turkey

  • Afghanistan prepares plan that includes interim government
  • U.S., Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan planned to join event
Mohammad Naeem
Mohammad NaeemPhotographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Pool
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Afghanistan’s Taliban said it can’t participate in a peace conference in Istanbul slated for April 16 that had been aimed at reaching a political agreement between the country and the Taliban militants.

“Our current position is that we can’t participate in the conference during that date, although the Istanbul conference is still under our consideration,” the Islamic group’s spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in a text message, without providing further details.