US Department of States officials announced their support for the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, “We have a policy here based on three principles: fight, talk, build.”
She also added that US was open to support talks led by the Afghans toward an end to the conflict, towards reconciliation of individuals or the group as a whole.
Victoria Nuland also said, “We also have to build. We have to build a better neighbourhood among the countries of the region, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and then more broadly through the New Silk Road initiative.”
In the meantime she warned that US will continue to fight along with the Afghans against all those taking up arms and are not prepared to renounce violence.
The US official appeared to be supportive in regards to the Taliban’s decision to open liaison office in Qatar which would act as base for its talks with Afghan government and the international community however the US official remain non-committal regarding Taliban’s statement.
Nuland said, “We’ve seen in many other conflict situations that you have to have a political address if you’re going to begin a political conversation. The Afghans themselves have said they are frustrated that the Taliban do not have a political address.”
She also said, although US has seen reports of some preliminary agreement with regard to it, the administration is still not aware of any formal announcement but will support a process that the Afghans support.