US and Taliban are not discussing future Afghan political system, says Sediqi
Speaking in a press conference in Kabul, Sediq Sediqi, Spokesperson
for the President, rejected reports indicating that the US and Taliban are
discussing a future political system for Afghanistan in their 9th round of
He called the reports “baseless” and added that the talks
between US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay
Khalilzad and the Taliban were focused on four specific issues: a guarantee in
the fight against terrorism, US troop’s withdrawal, participation in
intra-Afghan negotiations, and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
According to Sediqi, the Afghan government had a clear
stance in that regard.
He, however, asserted that “some certain circles in line with the Taliban” have talked about topics related to Afghanistan’s future political system. “The Afghan people have [already] set Afghanistan’s future [political] system which is republic [system],” he stated.
According to Sediqi, the republic system is redline for the
In the meantime, he stressed that peace roadmap was already
developed by the Peace Consultative Jirga for the Afghan government.
He further went on to say that the Afghan government will
enter in peace talks with the Taliban from position of power and defending the
Regarding ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, Sediqi said
that they were waiting for the result of the talks between the US and the
On the other hand, Sediqi stated that withdrawal of the
American forces will be condition based and hoped that Afghanistan and US joint
efforts would continue to counter terrorism.
“The Taliban, Daesh (IS), and many other terrorist groups
pose threats to the US and Afghanistan’s interests; therefore, the two
countries and all countries cooperating with Afghanistan need to fight to
remove the menace unitedly,” he said.
This comes after US President Donald Trump said that 8,600
US troops will remain in Afghanistan even after reaching a peace deal with the
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, has said that
the US was not looking for a permanent presence in Afghanistan.