The Taliban has said the agreement reached between the group and the US last year stipulates the “formation of an inclusive Islamic government” in Afghanistan.
According to a report by Anadolu news Agency, the remarks came in a news conference in Iran’s capital Tehran on the last day of the delegation’s week-long visit.
Speaking to reporters, Taliban representatives — including senior member of the negotiating team Suhail Shaheen — said the ongoing intra-Afghan talks are “based on the agreement” reached with the US.
They said an “inclusive establishment” will be formed in Kabul after the intra-Afghan talks culminate, and the present political dispensation will cease to exist.
They said the group considers the Afghan government “a party” to the dispute, and negotiations are currently underway in Doha to reach a settlement, stressing they do not seek to “monopolize power”.
On the new US administration’s plan to review the Taliban-Washington agreement, the Taliban delegation said the US “needs to remain committed” to the pact and “withdraw troops” from the war-ravaged country.
However, they also warned to “continue the war” if the US does not pull out troops in line with the agreement. They said they have “resisted the occupation” for past 20 years and they will be “forced to continue the struggle”.
To a question about a recent spike in violence in Afghanistan and violation of the Taliban-Washington agreement, the Taliban representatives accused the US forces of “launching new attacks” and trying to “capture Taliban areas”.