US: Taliban statement 'important first step'

A soldier in central Pamjwaii district, west of Kandahar. Credit: PA

The Taliban will release a statement today saying that they oppose the use of Afghan soil to threaten other countries and support peace, US officials told Reuters.

The US has welcomed the statement and sees it as an "important first step towards reconciliation".

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