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Dobbins in Islamabad for talks with Sharif

Dobbins in Islamabad for talks with Sharif

Jun 25, 2013 - 16:21

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): US Special Representative Ambassador James Dobbins arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks with Pakistaninfo-icon leaders on the Afghan-led reconciliation campaign.

Following meetings with President Hamid Karzai and other Afghan leaders, Dobbins will hold talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the Qatar process.

In a bid to end the Afghan-US dispute over the opening of the Talibaninfo-icon’s political office in Doha, the ambassador had visited Qatar before arriving in Kabul.

On Monday, the State Department spokesman appreciated Pakistan’s support for the Afghan reconciliation drive. Patrick Ventrell said Dobbins would also be traveling to New Delhi as part of his swing through the region.

The special envoy is tasked with leading US talks with the Afghan Taliban, who opened their political office in Doha last week.

Following his meeting with Karzai, the diplomat acknowledged the Afghan government's angry reaction to the opening of Taliban's political bureau was fully justified.

He said the US itself was "outraged" at the way the Taliban opened their office named the "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistaninfo-icon and projected it as a government in exile. The movement's flag was hoisted at the office called the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan".

President Karzai, angered by the controversial sign and hoisting of the Taliban's flag at the building, suspended negotiations with the United States on the Bilateral Security Agreement.

Speaking to journalists in Kabul, America's special envoy said they had contacted the Qatari government and asked it to take corrective measures. The Gulf state had responded with remedial steps, he added.

Dobbins remarked: "We were outraged ourselves because it was inconsistent with the assurances we had received and the assurances we had held out. Afghanistan's reaction was entirely predictable and entirely justified."



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