Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Rassoul for Taliban talks in Afghanistan

Rassoul for Taliban talks in Afghanistan

Dec 28, 2011 - 19:23

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul on Wednesday said the opening of Talibaninfo-icon's office in a foreign country did not mean the insurgent movement's recognition as a political force.

In order to brief local officials on the government's foreign policy, the minister arrived in the western province of Herat. "Our policy is clear; we talk to those who embrace the constitution and cut ties to terrorist groups," he said.

About the venue of talks with the Taliban, Rassoul said holding the dialogue in Afghanistaninfo-icon was the government's priority.

However, he hastened to add, the negotiations could take place in any other country. "We prefer Saudi Arabia and Turkey for hosting such talks, if they are impossible in Afghanistan."

On Tuesday, President Hamid Karzai said his government would support the US move toward the opening of Taliban's political office in Qatar. However, Turkey and Saudi Arabia remained his government's preferred places for such a liaison point, he explained.

In an interview with Turkish journalists at the Presidential Palace in Kabulinfo-icon, Karzai said he would not oppose the opening of a Taliban office in Doha for the sake of peace in Afghanistan.

He said the Afghan government was ready to take forward the reconciliation mission and wanted the militants to have an address as soon as possible to enable his administration to take practical steps toward peace.


Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update