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Taliban ignoring peace talks over office name row`: US official

Last Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 16:08

Washington: The Taliban will not join talks with the United States because of a dispute over the name of its office in Qatar, a senior US official has said.

The official said that the Taliban never replied to an offer to meet U.S. diplomats in Doha on June 23.

According to Fox News, he said that is because the Taliban insist their office in Doha be called the `Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan`.

The United States and Afghanistan objected to the name and to the wording of a sign with the name of the former Taliban regime when the office first opened.

Qatar i mediators got the Taliban to remove them but the official said the militant group is however insisting that they be replaced, the report added.

First Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 14:27
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