‘Afghan-Afghan talks’ right way to move forward: US

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 16:43

Washington: The US today supported the talks being held between different political and ideological streams of Afghanistan, including the Taliban, saying `Afghan-Afghan` talks was the right way to move forward.

Talks will be held in Paris later this week between representatives of the Taliban, the Afghan government and those from the Northern Alliance.

"We as a government continue to support Afghan-Afghan talks as the right way to move forward here. So we`ll see what this leads to," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters at her daily news conference.

She was responding to questions on news reports coming from Afghanistan in this regard.

"Our understanding is this is a track-two dialogue. It`s not government-to-Taliban official; it is an unofficial dialogue. It`s hosted by one of the Paris-based think tanks," she said.

The Taliban representatives have been quoted in the local Afghan media as saying that they do not expect much from these talks, and that they expect it would involve only speeches and there would be no negotiations.

The US is not planning to attend these talks.


First Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 16:42

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