Taliban says will not negotiate with team announced by Afghan government

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, March 28 () – The Taliban will refuse to negotiate with the team announced by the Afghan government, the militant group’s spokesman said on Saturday, in a potential setback to the next steps of the U.S.-brokered peace process.

Spokesman Zabuhullah Mujahid said the group would not negotiate with the team as it was not selected in a way that included “all Afghan factions”

The Afghan government announced a team late on Thursday, which was later praised as “inclusive” by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. (Reporting by Jibran Ahmad and Abdul Qadir Sediqi; writing by Charlotte Greenfield; editing by Mark Potter)

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