No rift with Washington on Taliban talks: FaiziBy Hakim Basharat Feb 17, 2012 - 17:25
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Afghan government has presented the Obama administration its recommendations and conditions for reconciliation talks with the Taliban, an official said on Friday.
The government in Kabul was closely monitoring Taliban’s office in Qatar and the process of US-Taliban dialogue, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai told Pajhwok Afghan News in Pakistan’s capital.
Aimal Faizi, accompanying the president on his visit to Islamabad, said: “All concerns of the government related to the process are solved and the government backs the peace negotiations.”
He said US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman had shared complete information regarding his swing through the region, including Qatar, with President Karzai at last month’s meeting in Kabul.
“There is no more any clash of opinion between the allies,” Faizi added. Acceptance of the Constitution, respect for women’s rights and an end to violence remained important conditions for anyone joining the reintegration programme, he concluded.