The leader of the Afghan opposition group opposing Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul said he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting.
Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Facebook page.
Earlier, Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing surrounding districts, Reuters reported.
The Taliban took control of the rest of Afghanistan three weeks ago, taking power in Kabul on August 15 after the Western-backed government fell and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
Meanwhile, the Taliban pledged on Sunday to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers and access to aid in Afghanistan during a meeting with the UN humanitarian leader in Kabul, a UN spokesman said.
Martin Griffiths was in the Afghan capital on Sunday for several days of meetings with the Taliban leadership amid an impending humanitarian disaster in the country recently controlled by the Taliban, AFP reported.
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