Taliban says will not negotiate with team announced by Afghan government

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The Taliban refused 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. The Afghan government announced a team late on Thursday, which was later praised as “inclusive” by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. The United States signed a troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban in February, but progress on moving to negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government has been delayed by a feud between Afghan politicians and disagreement between the Taliban and the government over the release of prisoners and a possible ceasefire as preconditions for talks.

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