Taliban not demanding Afghan power monopoly

Taliban representatives at a conference did not insist on total power in Afghanistan and pledged to grant rights to women that the militant outfit itself brutally suppressed in the past, according to a Taliban statement Sunday.

The pledges came at a rare meet last week involving Taliban and Kabul government representatives in France.

"We are not looking to monopolise power. We want an all-Afghan inclusive government," the speech said.

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government welcomed such talks but did not expect them to bridge the gap between the two sides.

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