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vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh, 'We will never bow to Pakistan'

Amrullah Saleh, a vice-presidential candidate for the next elections in Afghanistan and former head of the country's intelligence services, gave an interview to FRANCE 24. He discussed the ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban, as well as Afghanistan's ties with neighbouring Pakistan.
vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh,
AVA- Amrullah Saleh urged the US to include the Afghan government in its current negotiations with the Taliban. He hinted that such an involvement was needed to make the negotiations successful. He indicated that the Afghan authorities were ready to participate in future talks and trusted their US ally not to "negotiate behind our backs".
He blasted the suggestion by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to create an interim government in Afghanistan to conduct talks with the Taliban, warning that Khan "should be very careful" with Afghanistan and accusing Pakistan of "sponsoring terror".
"What we are communicating to Pakistanis is: We can be your allies but we will never bow to you", the former Afghan intelligence chief explained.
Finally, Salah denied a claim by a Dutch journalist that the former Taliban leader Mullah Omar was hiding for years in Afghanistan instead of Pakistan, branding her work "Harry Potter-like fiction".
Wednesday 27 March 2019 22:09
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