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No talks with U.S, says Taliban chief Mulla Omar

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 20, IRNA -- Taliban Chief Mulla Mohmmad Omar on 
Thursday rejected any possibility of talks with the United States and 
said that no talks will be held with Americans unless a single foreign
soldier is present in Afghanistan. 
We want to make it clear to the aggressors and their puppet 
government that as long as one occupation soldier is on Afghan holy 
soil, Taliban leadership will not be willing to hold talks with them. 
We do need such talks, Omar said in a message on the eve of Eid-ul 
Azha. 
It is strange that the American forces are not only continuing 
their occupation of our homeland but they have come up with a claim of
having talks with the Taliban for peace, Taliban leader said in 
one-page Pashto language message received here. 
He said Taliban are aware what Americans want to achieve under the
"pretext of peace and dialogue". 
The Americans claim that they have opened talks with several 
moderate Taliban. If they are true in such claim, they should disclose
name of at least one among those moderate Taliban so we know who they 
are and who they represent? 
We believe that all this is a white lie and the claim is baseless,
Omar said and added that Taliban leadership will never bow down to any
pressure and slavery of infidels. 
We are still pursuing our old policy. We believe jihad as the only
way for the salvation of Muslims, the Taliban leader said. 
He said Afghan nation has rendered sacrifices over the past three 
decades. Once they gave sacrifices against the Red Soviet imperialists
and now they are giving sacrifices against the Black Americans. They 
will continue to give sacrifices. 
He said the Americans have occupied Afghanistan at a time when the
Afghans had not targeted their interests. Afghans were living in their
country under an Islamic system. The Americans attacked our homeland. 
And now they are conspiring to find excuses for their presence in our 
country. The fraudulent elections are an example of this policy. 
TK/TSH/1416 



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