Afghanistan's Taliban declines meeting with UN envoy in Dubai

Afghan Taliban denied that its representatives had met the outgoing U.N. representative for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Taliban declines meeting with UN envoy in Dubai

The Afghan Taliban denied on Saturday that its representatives had met the outgoing U.N. representative for Afghanistan, after reports this week that U.N. envoy Kai Eide had met fighters in Dubai.

"The Leadership Council considers this mere futile and baseless rumours, being a machination against jihad and Mujahideen who are waging jihad against the invaders," the Afghan Taliban said in a statement posted by their leaders on their website, alemarah.info.

The United Nations has declined to comment since a U.N. official said this week that Eide had met Taliban representatives in Dubai on Jan. 8. Eide has denied a meeting took place on that date, but has not commented on whether a meeting might have taken place on another date.

At a conference in London this week, President Hamid Karzai repeated an invitation to Taliban leaders to attend a peace council.

However, the United Nations has not been publicly involved in mediation efforts in the past.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played down any role of Eide, whose term expires in March.

"I will let him speak for himself. He's not going to be part of our efforts going forward," she told reporters in Paris on Friday.

Reuters

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