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Taliban recognition will not end the Afghanistan conflict, group of exiled leaders warn

The High Council of Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan, a group composed exiled anti-Taliban leaders, including Marshal Dostum, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Atta Mohammad Nur and others, has said that recognising the Taliban will not lead to a way out of the conflict in the country.

In a statement, in Persian, on Saturday, ahead of a meeting of representatives of countries to be hosted by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in Doha on Monday and Tuesday, the group has welcomed the recent UN Security Council’s unanimous condemnation of the Taliban for its restrictions on women and girls.

The Taliban, on Friday, hit back at the Security Council, saying that its policies on women and girls were women were “an internal social matter of Afghanistan that does not impact outside states.”

The High Council of Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan has said that the solution of the Afghanistan conflict is a “UN-led peace negotiations and a mechanism toward moving to a general election.”

The group has called on the UN and attendees to the Doha meeting that the agreement between the US and Taliban, known as the Doha Deal, which paved the way for the US withdrawal and the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, should be nullified and replaced with a new and acceptable roadmap for all those involved for a peaceful settlement.

The group of exiled leaders further calls on the UN to begin and manage intra-Afghan peace talks and help prevent export of terrorism from Afghanistan.