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Neighbors should not support Taliban: Afghan govt

Kabul: The Afghan government warned its neighboring and regional countries against supporting Taliban and using them as a proxy in Afghanistan, TOLO News reported.

The response came after a recent report by US intelligence agencies saying that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters to target American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban is accused of having support from other groups and networks, one of the important items of the peace process and the demand of the international community is that the Taliban are no longer used as a proxy group and no country in the region should support the Taliban,” said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The Iranian embassy in Kabul has rejected the US intelligence report, saying Iran doesn’t want its differences with the US to be brought inside Afghanistan.

“The Taliban is also accused of having support from other groups and networks, one of the important items of the peace process and the demand of the international community is that the Taliban are no longer used as a proxy group and no country in the region should support the Taliban,” said Sediqqi.

The Iranian embassy in Kabul has said that the US by leveling such allegations is trying to justify its failure in the peace process with the Taliban.

Earlier, the US intelligence said it had found evidence that a Russian unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to US-led coalition troops in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported.

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