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Afghan Opposition holds talks with Taliban

Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 16:29

Zeenews Bureau

Kabul: Political parties opposing Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan reportedly held talks with Taliban and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a terrorist declared by US, on Monday.

The discussion between the Afghan opposition and Taliban was held in a bid to find a peaceful resolution after the exit of US troops in 2014, as per a news agency report.

US President Barack Obama had earlier announced to withdraw 34,000 American troops from war-torn Afghanistan in the next one year and showed confidence of ending a decade long war by the end of 2014.

"This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan," Obama said in his annual State of the Union Address to the Congress.

"This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over," he said.

Beyond 2014, America`s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of its commitment will change, Obama said.

First Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 15:42

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