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Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:21PM
Taliban militants in Afghanistan (File photo)

Taliban militants in Afghanistan (File photo)

Taliban Spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed says the representatives of the political branch of the group have been invited to attend an international conference in the French capital, Paris, Press TV reports. In a new statement, Mojahed said that the Taliban will send two of its representatives to the conference. The group says the Paris meeting is a research event and the Taliban representatives have no plans to hold talks with the Afghan officials and international envoys. Taliban has hailed the invitation as the sign of the group’s kudos and pointed out that they will use the event as an opportunity to convey their views to the international community. This is reportedly the first time that Taliban is invited to attend an international conference in Europe. No formal negotiations have been held with the Taliban so far, but several informal contacts have been established. However, Taliban leaders have repeatedly said that they will not talk with the authorities in Kabul as long as US-led forces remain in Afghanistan. The United States and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after 11 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country. AZA/ASH/JR