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Taliban close Qatar office to protest flag fracas

Islamabad, July 9: The Afghan Taliban are closing their Qatar office at least temporarily to protest demands that they remove a sign that identified the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, a diplomat and

PTI [ Updated: July 09, 2013 19:58 IST ]
taliban close qatar office to protest flag fracas
taliban close qatar office to protest flag fracas

Islamabad, July 9: The Afghan Taliban are closing their Qatar office at least temporarily to protest demands that they remove a sign that identified the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, a diplomat and a Taliban official said on Tuesday.




The office was opened less than a month ago to facilitate peace talks and has come under pressure for using the same white flag flown during the Taliban's five-year rule of Afghanistan that ended with the US-led invasion in 2001.

Both officials, familiar with the peace talks in the Gulf State of Qatar, said the office has been temporarily abandoned.

They requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has protested the name and the flag.

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