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Taliban's top negotiator: no early September peace talks planned with Afghans

PESHAWAR,Pakistan (Reuters) - A lead Taliban negotiator on Thursday said no peace talks were planned with Afghan officials for early September, hours after a senior government official said talks were to begin next month.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai’s statement to Reuters comes at a time when the two sides are under pressure from the United States and its allies to hold talks, a move that could pave way for the end of about two decades of war in Afghanistan.

A major stumbling block has been the issue of the release of Taliban prisoners.

Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar, Writing by Rupam Jain, editing by John Stonestreet

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