US, Karzai of same mind on Taliban office
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Thursday appeared to be supportive of President Hamid Karzai’s offer to the Taliban to open their political office in Afghanistan, saying this has always been the American goal.
“We have supported, of course, an office in Doha for the purpose of political discussions and negotiations, Afghans talking to Afghans. Of course, the goal has always been to move that discussion to Afghanistan through the process,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.
After offering Eidul Fitr prayers in Kabul, Karzai renewed his call on the Taliban to come to the negotiating table, saying their signs, flags and banners would not have been removed if they had opened a political office in Afghanistan instead of Qatar.
Meanwhile, the White House said Al Qaeda and its affiliated organisations continued to represent threats despite the core and leadership of the terror outfit had been decimated in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“And AQAP (Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula) in particular is viewed by the national security team as the most operational Al Qaeda affiliates, the one that poses the greatest potential threat to the United States,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
Carney said there was a constant stream of potential threats out there to the United States because there were people around the world who wanted to do harm to the country and its citizens.
“Assessments are made by our national security team based on the information available to them about the level of potential threats and the precautions that need to be taken in response to those,” he said.
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