Washington working on 'other' peace avenues
WASHINGTON (PAN): Despite a setback to effort for direct talks with the Taliban, who have abandoned their political office in Doha, the Obama administration on Tuesday put up a brave front and insisted it was still hopeful and working on the peace process.
In fact, the White House said it would work on other avenues of peace if the Doha channel did not produce the desired result. The State Department also said Washington was still trying to move forward despite difficulties in the peace process.
“If this effort, the Doha office effort does not succeed, we will pursue other means and other avenues for peace, because ultimately peace in Afghanistan depends on reconciliation between Afghans,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
The Obama government was trying to move forward the reconciliation drive despite the difficulty of the process, noted State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki at her daily news conference.
She said the opening of the Taliban office was intended to facilitate negotiations with the Afghan High Peace Council. Misunderstandings that arose in the context of the opening should not hinder reconciliation efforts, she believed.
"If the Taliban wish to do so, and we'll continue to support and reiterate our call for that process to move forward. The (Taliban) office has been closed. But we're going to continue to work through the bumpy road, and we're hopeful that we can get it back on track,” she concluded.
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