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    Afghanistan maintains its adherence to further attempts for diplomatic settlement with Taliban, Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The statement comes a week after the Afghan government said that it welcomes the changes in US rules of engagement in Afghanistan enabling US forces to strike Taliban fighters.

    "We intend to establish relations with groups of Afghan origin, such as Taliban. For them, the doors to peace are open, and we will continue to urge them to peace, including using the quadripartite group of the United States, China, Pakistan and the Russian Federation. Our only goal is to sat Taliban down at the negotiating table, and our efforts in the reconciliation process will be continues," Karzai said at the round table organized by the Russian International Affairs Council.

    Thus, Kabul expects to hold talks with Taliban by the end of the year, gives positive assessment of the group's new leader, Karzai added.

    "There is a very good chance," Karzai said at a Russian International Affairs Council meeting, answering a question on whether the negotiations between Kabul and Taliban leadership will be held in 2016.

    The deputy minister stressed that Kabul's view of the national reconciliation process became more positive after Taliban appointed Haibatullah Akhundzada as a new leader.


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