Kabul: A lead Taliban negotiator on Thursday reportedly said no peace talks were planned with Afghan officials for early September.
Sher Mohammad Abbas’s (Taliban negotiator) statement comes at a time when the two sides are under pressure from the United States and its allies to hold talks, a move that could pave way for the end of about two decades of war in Afghanistan.
A major stumbling block has been the issue of the release of Taliban prisoners.
Abdullah Abdullah, a prominent politician and the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation said Afghan officials were ready to hold talks with the Taliban from early September.
The Afghan government is also demanding a small number of Afghan security force members it says the Taliban are still holding be released.