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Afghan-Taliban talks should be 'no victor, no vanquished' - Qatar minister

DOHA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Historic negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents should be grounded on the idea of no winners or losers, Qatar’s foreign minister said at the opening of the talks on Saturday.

The long-warring parties “must make the decisive decision in line with the current challenges and rise above all form of division... by reaching an agreement on the basis of no victor and no vanquished,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said.

The talks in the Qatari capital Doha are aimed at ending 19 years of war in Afghanistan.

Reporting by Reuters Islamabad, Kabul and Dubai newsrooms; Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Kim Coghill

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