By Carlo Muñoz - 08/06/13 05:07 PM EDT
However, Omar said the Islamic extremist group would not participate in the elections, which will coincide with the final U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and end the American war in the country.
"Participation in such elections is only a waste of time, nothing more," the Taliban leader added.
The reclusive Taliban leader has remained a top counterterrorism target for U.S. and allied commanders since the early days of the Afghan war.
Omar has directed the Taliban insurgency inside Afghanistan from a secure location in Quetta, Pakistan, located south of Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Known as the Quetta shura, Omar and Taliban leaders have planned, coordinated and ordered operations against U.S, Afghan and allied troops across the border in southern and eastern Afghanistan from their safe havens in Pakistan.
Omar's comments come as the terror group and Afghan President Hamid Karzai attempt to get the stalled Taliban peace process back on track.
A July meeting in Dubai between Mullah Abbas Stanikzai, the lead Taliban negotiator, and members of Karzai's High Peace Council have led to several informal meetings between the two sides in recent weeks, according to recent reports.
So far, the meetings have been informal in nature and designed to set the parameters for formal peace talks.
“The Afghan government certainly is in contact with certain leaders and certain figures among the Taliban,” Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Musazai told reporters in Kabul on Sunday.
The Karzai government suspended talks with the U.S. on plans for a post-war security deal after the Obama administration announced that they would begin direct talks in Qatar with Taliban representatives.
The decision coincided with the official handover of security operations from U.S. and allied forces to Afghan troops.
Prior to announcing the Taliban talks, U.S. officials had said Kabul would take the lead in peace negotiations with the terror group, working off a plan drafted by the Karzai administration.
Despite progress in peace negotiations, American and allied commanders in country remain wary of Omar's pledge.
The Taliban and its allies are purportedly plotting a bloody and spectacular end to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
Foreign fighters are already pouring into the eastern part of the country to take on U.S. and allied forces in what will likely be the final fighting season for American troops.
Pakistan-based terror groups like the Haqqani Network and others are calling upon “every house, every family” to send fighters into Afghanistan, Afghan army commanders stationed at the American base in Paktia province told The Hill.
“The madrassas are emptying" in Pakistan, added Lt. Col. David Hamann, who leads the American Security Force Assistance Advisory Team (SFAAT) at Combat Outpost Matun Hill in eastern Afghanistan.
This recent show of force, highlighted by a series of high-profile attacks inside Kabul, is seen as an attempt to delegitimize and undermine the central government in the provinces ahead of the presidential elections next April.