US commends Afghan govt for talks with Taliban
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Wednesday commended Afghan government for its efforts to hold direct talks with the Taliban.
“We believe an Afghan-led and an Afghan-owned peace effort and reconciliation process is really the best and surest way to end the violence and ensure lasting stability in Afghanistan and the region,” the State Department Spokesperson, Mark Toner, said.
Speaking to journalists at his daily news conference, Toner said: “We certainly commend the government of Afghanistan for initiating this reconciliation process with the Taliban, and we strongly support the government’s efforts and prioritization of peace and reconciliation.”
Pakistan, he said has also been involved in these and the US certainly appreciate its efforts and involvement in this as well. It’s an obviously important partner.
An end to the violence, ongoing violence, is obviously a priority in any situation but certainly in this case, he said.
“As we have always said again about the armed opposition groups that take part in these talks, we want to see as part of any outcome a renouncement of violence, we want to see them break any associations with international terrorism, and we also want to see them accept the Afghan constitution, including its protections for women and minorities,” Toner said.
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