The Taliban have rejected the Afghan government’s peace proposal being offered to the group at the Kabul Process II conference on Wednesday.
The rejection came in reply to an “Open Letter” published this week in the New Yorker magazine in which the Taliban was urged to accept talks with the Kabul government.
“Our country has been occupied, which has led to an American-style supposed Afghan government being imposed upon us,” the Taliban response said.
“And your view that we talk to them and accept their legitimacy is the same formula adopted by America to win the war,” it said, adding that the Kabul Process II meeting was simply aimed at seeking the “surrender” of the Taliban.
In reaction, the Afghan Chief Executive office’s Deputy Spokesman Omaid Maisam said that the government will reconsider its decision if the Taliban continue to cause horror, bloodshed and refuse peace offers.
Some political commentators, however, believe that Afghanistan’s peace is related to the actions of intelligence in the region.
“We are victims of the rivalry between countries involved in the region – including Iran-Saudi Arabia, Pakistan-India and the United States -Russia,” said Ahmad Sayedi, former Afghan diplomat to Pakistan and a political analyst.
The government in its peace plan has proposed a cease-fire, release of prisoners, the removal of sanctions, and recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group.