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Hizb-e-Islami peace team to hold talks with US, Afghanistan

April 6, 2012 - Peshawar

The Hizb-e-Islami's (HI) has said its peace team will hold talks with the United States and Afghanistan in Kabul to chalk out a roadmap for peace in the war-torn country.

Speaking after the 44th founding anniversary of HI at the Shamshatu refugee camp on the outskirts of Peshawar, Afghanistan political committee head, Dr Ghairat Baheer, said that two rounds of talks have been held in the past.

He said negotiations were still in early stages, and added that no breakthrough has been achieved as yet.

"We want a meaningful dialogue in a transparent manner in order to chalk out a peaceful solution of the Afghan problem and do not believe in secret dealings," The Express Tribune quoted Baheer, as saying.

Baheer said that Taliban were their "brethren" and added that they were trying to forge a joint strategy with them, so that a unified Afghan response could be given in talks.

"Americans are losing the war in Afghanistan," said Baheer when asked about the US position in Afghanistan but he added that he was optimistic of an amicable resolution.

He said that Americans were acknowledging that war was not a solution to the problem.

"We can offer the US, a face-saving solution and opportunity of a safe withdrawal from Afghanistan," he added on being asked what they could offer to US.


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