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Ahmad Massoud Says Afghan Resistance Ready For Talks If Taliban Withdraw From Panjshir

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Ahmad Massoud Says Afghan Resistance Ready For Talks If Taliban Withdraw From Panjshir

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On September 5, leader of the Afghan resistance Ahmad Massoud Jr. expressed his readiness to hold talks with the Taliban if the group withdraw all of its fighters from Panjshir and Andarab.

“The National Resistance Front is ready to stop the war immediately in order to achieve stable peace, if the Taliban group ends its military attacks and movements in Panjshir and Andarab,” Ahmad Massoud said in a statement. “The National Resistance Front is committed to peacefully resolving differences with the Taliban in accordance with the principles of religion and morality, and is confident that the future system of the country will work with the Taliban and other groups and sects representing the Afghan people.”

The statement was a response to Afghan religious scholars who offered mediation between resistance forces in Panjshir and the Taliban which launched a large-scale offensive in the northeastern province earlier this week.

Currently, at least four of Panjshir’s seven districts are in the hands of the Taliban. The group’s fighters captured Shutal, Paryan, Onaba and Khenj over the last three days.

A few hours before Massoud’s statement, heavy clashes between resistance forces and Taliban fighters were reported in the districts of Rukha and Bazarak. The last hosts the main headquarters of the resistance.

Resistance forces in Panjshir appear to be on the brink of collapse. Yet, the Taliban will not likely miss a chance to secure a political settlement with Ahmad Massoud Jr. Only such agreement could guarantee the group a stable control over Panjshir and the rest of northeastern Afghanistan.

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