US supports Taliban political office in Qatar
KABUL (PAN): Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil, the Taliban foreign affairs minister, said on Tuesday that establishing a Taliban office in Doha, the capital of Qatar, would represent a significant step toward peace process in Afghanistan.
The London Times reported the US supported the creation of the Taliban's office by the end of the current year, a move that is likely to boost the Afghan government's peace effort.
Setting up the office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by the Taliban will be the first officially recognised political centre of the movement after its fall in 2001.
If such an office was opened, it would be a proper and specific venue for talks with the Taliban and debates on other social issues, Mutawakil told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the office would pave the ground for the fighters to talk to the international community about their prisoners in the US, Pakistan and Guantanamo Bay.
"By establishing this office, an opportunity could be provided for the government to coordinate with the Taliban on issues like implementation of vaccination drives, schools and media-related subjects," he added.
He believed the office would also serve as a specific venue for the Taliban to talk to international NGOs and countries of the world. The Taliban and the Afghan government have not commented on the issue so far.
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