Removal of sign at Doha office threatens talks: Taliban

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MIDEASTDOHA, June 22;A Taliban spokesman says that some within the Afghan militant movement want to suspend a nascent peace process with the government over a disputed sign in their newly opened office.

Shaheen Suhail told The Associated Press on Saturday that the movement is infuriated over Kabul’s demands that they remove a sign that identifies their new office in Qatar as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Qatar removed the sign on Wednesday.

Suhail said the Taliban have negotiated for three years under that name and were blindsided by the objections.

“There is an internal discussion right now and much anger about it but we have not yet decided what action to take,” Suhail said in a telephone interview. “But I think it weakens the process from the very beginning.”

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