Doha Talks Marked "Beginning Of The End": Former Afghan Vice-President

Amrullah Saleh said that the US and NATO should have kept 2,500 soldiers in Afghanistan.

Doha Talks Marked 'Beginning Of The End': Former Afghan Vice-President

Taliban never believed in a political solution, Amrullah Saleh said. File

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Former Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh said that the peace negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban became "the beginning of the end" for the country.

Mr Saleh, who recently declared himself the acting President of the country, also said that the US and NATO should have kept 2,500 soldiers in Afghanistan. "But now that they did not and they are paying the price," he added, Sputnik reported citing German newspaper Der Spiegel.

"The intra-Afghan dialogue was flawed from the very beginning as the Taliban never believed in a political solution to the decades-long conflict," Mr Saleh said.

He further called for the international recognition of the resistance pocket in Panjshir and for providing him with moral and political support, Sputnik reported.

Fighters in Panjshir have prevented the capture of the region from Taliban terrorists by firing a heavy machine gun into a deep valley from the top of the rocky mountain.

These fighters are from the National Resistance Front, the remaining strongest force after the siege of Kabul by the Taliban.

The valley lies in the Hindu Kush mountains, approximately 90 miles north of Kabul. The Taliban have been unable to take this major holdout.