Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
March 13, 2016
An Afghan militant group, Hezb-e Islami, has said it is ready for peace talks with the government.
The group led by notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a statement on March 13 that it wants peace.
The U.S. State Department lists Hekmatyar as a “terrorist” for supporting Taliban and Al-Qaeda, but U.S. and Afghan officials have met with Hezb-e Islami representatives in the past few years in an effort to help end the war.
Last year, Hekmatyar called on his followers to support the militant group Islamic State (IS) in the fight against the Taliban.
In its statement on March 13, the group criticized Washington for adding two of its members to the list of global terrorists on March 10.
Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor, explosives experts, were both blacklisted for their roles in deadly attacks in Kabul.
The Taliban, the main militant group in Afghanistan, has said it will not participate in direct peace talks in Kabul scheduled for this month.