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Taliban says India, Pakistan clashes will affect Afghan peace process

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Reuters Kabul, Afghanistan Feb 27, 2019, 12.23 PM (IST)

The Taliban on Wednesday said ongoing clashes between India and Pakistan will affect the Afghan peace process and wanted India to prevent the further escalation of violence with its neighbour.

The hardline insurgent group issued the statement at the same time its leaders are holding peace talks with officials from the United States in Qatar to end the 17 years war in Afghanistan.

"The continuation of such conflict will affect the Afghanistan peace process," Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.

The talks, which kicked off in Doha on Monday with a meet-and-greet lunch, are seen as the most promising yet between the warring parties after the Taliban`s newly-appointed political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar joined for the first time, flying in from Pakistan.

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The hardline insurgent group issued the statement at the same time its leaders are holding peace talks with officials from the United States in Qatar to end the 17 years war in Afghanistan.