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Doors for negotiations with Taliban to be kept open, says Abdullah

Salaam Times

KABUL -- Afghan government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah once again called on the Taliban to seek peace while speaking to Deutsche Welle in an interview published Wednesday (June 13).

"[The Taliban] have shown their utter irresponsibility towards the people and towards the fate of the country," said Abdullah, adding that the door for talks would stay open.

"The Taliban are already defeated," he said. "Their ideas are rejected, their ideology is rejected and the fact [is] that their way of life is rejected by the absolute majority of the people of Afghanistan."

President Ashraf Ghani June 7 announced a temporary cease-fire with the Taliban from June 12 through 19.

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