Afghan government says peace deal only possible after national elections

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Last week, President Donald Trump abruptly called off negotiations with the Taliban, who control or hold sway over almost half of Afghanistan.

The Afghan government had been shut out of those negotiations.

Taliban chief negotiator Sher Abbas Stanikzai recently told Russia's RT in Moscow "Our stance is that there is no solution to the conflict except negotiations and except peace on the table".

The Interfax news agency cited an unidentified Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the meeting underlined the necessity of renewing talks between the USA and the Taliban, and that the Taliban confirmed their readiness to continue dialogue with Washington.

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The Taliban is fighting an 18-year-long guerrilla war against the US-led foreign military forces and the Kabul government they are propping up. He also called off a meeting with the Taliban political envoys in Camp David.

The Taliban have sent a delegation to Russian Federation to discuss prospects for a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan following the collapse of talks with the United States this month, officials from the insurgent group said.

The Taliban, who have validated a parallel provincial governance structure, separate from the Afghan government, denied the governor had been killed.

According to the Red Cross, an estimated 140,000 people received treatment at one of the seven rehabilitation centers in Afghanistan past year.

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"But unfortunately any time when we reach a final agreement, it was cancelled by the American side and the last cancellation was ordered by Mr Trump", he said.

However, it is unclear whether the talks can be resumed.

"In this context we welcome the Taliban's statement on its willingness to continue the dialogue with the United States".

But Trump chose to cancel the secret meetings at the Camp David presidential retreat on Sunday following an attack in Kabul, which claimed the live of an American soldier. Reactions ranged from disappointment that the peace talks were dead, to horror that the Taliban had been invited here in the first place.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid dismissed Ghani's claim. "If you actually possessed the capability of killing two thousand Mujahideen you would have taken control over a known region of the country and would not have highways closed for you for days on end", Mujahid said in a statement.

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