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No peace without US withdrawal: Taliban

world Updated: Apr 22, 2010 01:11 IST

The Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected British media reports that the outfit had called for reconciliation talks with the United States and demanded “unconditional withdrawal of all invading forces from the country”.

No peace talks would begin until there was a complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, a statement from the militant outfit said, adding that Mullah Omar would not resign as its leader.

The Taliban also said the US presence in Afghanistan was the main reason for “instability” in the region.

“So any deal under the name of negotiation is a betrayal of the Islamic aspirations of the people of Afghanistan,” it said.

The Taliban was reacting to reports in the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, which said the outfit was ready to take part in peace talks.