The Taliban called off a meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, saying a UN blacklist prevented their members from travelling.

News that the meeting had been planned angered some Afghan politicians who accused Islamabad of supporting the insurgents.

Kabul sent a letter to the UN Security Council late last week complaining about Pakistan, calling the planned Taliban meeting a “violation of the national sovereignty of Afghanistan”.

“This initiative is a source of deep regret and concern to the people and government of Afghanistan as it amounts to the official recognition and legitimisation of an armed group that poses a serious threat to [the] security and stability of Afghanistan,” the letter, signed by Afghanistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Nazifullah Salarzai, read.

Mr Salarzai confirmed the content and authenticity of the letter, but declined to elaborate when contacted by The National.

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