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Taliban can be part of Afghanistan's future, says US envoy to Pak

Islamabad , Fri, 01 Feb 2013 ANI

Islamabad, Feb. 1 (ANI): US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has said the United States is ready to open the door for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, adding that the Afghan Taliban could be part of Afghanistan's future if they met conditions to ensure long-term peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Olson said that the end result of any process must be that the Taliban end violence, break ties with Al-Qaeda and accept Afghanistan's Constitution, and if this happens, the Taliban can be a part of Afghanistan's future, reports The Express Tribune.

Olson's remarks reiterated recent American emphasis on pursuing reconciliation in Afghanistan instead of its usual method of using military might.

In this context, Olson said their new office in Qatar could be used for negotiations between the Afghan High Peace Council and representatives of the Taliban.

Olson also called for the US and Pakistan to work together to facilitate a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. (ANI)

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