Hezb-i-Islami, one of the main terrorist groups fighting the Afghan government, declared Wednesday that they are ready to sit down for peace talks. The group has further offered to act as mediator to the Taleban if the US withdraw its troops next year as planned. Mohammad Dauod Abedi, spokesman for for the terrorist group, confirmed that the catalyst behind their demarche was President Barack Obama‘s decision to remove troops from the country.
The group has also started talks with President Hamid Karzai this week. Meanwhile, critics indicate that it is not clear whether Hezb-i-Islami have any influence on the Taleban. Moreover, the the two groups have had a volatile relationship and clashes between both have been reported in northern Afghanistan this month.