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Taliban office in Doha temporarily closed after the removal of Taliban flag: sources

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

The office was opened less than a month ago to facilitate peace talks, and has also 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 on the condition of the anonymity that the office has been temporarily abandoned.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has protested the name and flag.

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