Taliban should say they want peace: US official

Grossman stressed that only Afghans can decide their country`s future.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2012, 23:58 PM IST

Kabul: A top American diplomat visiting
Afghanistan says the United States wants the Taliban to issue
statements disassociating themselves from international
terrorism and saying they want to join a peace process to end
the 10-year war.

Marc Grossman, the special US envoy to Afghanistan and
Pakistan, spoke to reporters today in Kabul alongside
Afghanistan`s Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin.

Ludin says the Afghan government supports having a
Taliban political office opened in Qatar and would back an
American decision to transfer some Taliban detainees from the
US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar.

Grossman stressed that only Afghans can decide their
country`s future, easing Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s fears
of being sidelined in the peace process.

PTI