Afghan peace talks pending Taliban agreement with Kabul
By Meena Haseeb - Sun Jan 13, 9:40 am
This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai and US president Barack Obama on Friday agreed with the Taliban liaison office establishment in Qatar.
James Cunningham quoted by Radio Free Europe (RFE) said, Washington will never attend any peace talks with the Taliban group where Afghan government representative is not involved.
He said, “The two leaders made clear that peace negotiations and reconciliation is vital for the two natins and they encourage the establishment of Taliban liaison office in Qatar so that the Afghan government and Taliban group can hold peace talks. The decision will finally depend on the Taliban group.”
In the meantime Afghan government earlier said that Afghanistan will not agree with the establishment of Taliban liaison office in Qatar unless the group does not show an interest in sitting for peace talks with the Afghan officials.
After nearly 10 months in limbo, tentative reconciliation efforts involving Taliban insurgents, the Karzai government and other major Afghan factions have shown new signs of life, resurrecting tantalizing hopes for a negotiated end to decades of war.
In another potentially significant development, Taliban representatives met outside Paris last month with members of the Afghan High Peace Council – although not directly with members of the Karzai government, which they have long shunned.