Taliban refuses to help US in curbing IS, says they are capable of dealing with Islamic State on their own

Islamabad, Ap. The Taliban, which is in power in Afghanistan at gunpoint, on Saturday vehemently rejected the possibility of helping the US in curbing other terrorist organizations, including ISIS. The Taliban took a tough stance ahead of the first direct talks between the two sides since the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in August. The two-day talks between the representatives of the US and the Taliban in Doha, the capital of Qatar, will end on Sunday. Meanwhile, the US has clarified that this talks is not an initiative to recognize the Taliban.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said, "We will not provide any assistance to the United States for organizations affiliated with the increasingly active Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan." We are capable of dealing with IS on our own. IS has been targeting Shia Muslims in eastern Afghanistan since 2014. He is also a big threat to America. Its affiliate was also involved in the recent attack on the mosque, in which 46 people belonging to the minority Shia community were killed.

Many issues were discussed on the first day of talks

According to ANI, Sputnik has released the report quoting the acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Amir Khan Muttaki. According to the report, Muttaki claimed that on the first day of talks, on Saturday, issues such as starting a new chapter of bilateral ties, providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and compliance with the Doha peace agreement were discussed with US representatives. "The Afghan delegation has demanded that the US not violate Afghanistan's airspace and not interfere in the country's internal affairs," Muttaki said. According to the report of Sputnik, the Taliban demanded the lifting of the moratorium on the Afghan Central Bank's reserves. The US assured Afghanistan of the help of the Kovid vaccine.

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