The South Korean government on Wednesday denied a report that South Korean negotiators will meet with South Korean hostages in Afghanistan.
South Korean government negotiators have been stationed in the southern Afghan province of Gazni since the beginning of the hostage crisis, said an official of the Presidential Office.
The negotiators have never received any notice from the Taliban that they would be allowed to meet with the hostages, he added.
An earlier report by the Afghan Islamic Press said that South Korean negotiators would be permitted to meet with South Korean hostages.
A total of 23 South Koreans were kidnapped by Taliban militants on July 19. The militants killed two male hostages separately on July 25 and July 30 and threatening to kill more hostages if their demand was not fulfilled.