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Pentagon spokesman misspoke in referring to Taliban

Pentagon spokesman misspoke in referring to Taliban

Nov 08, 2015 - 20:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The US Embassy in Kabul on Sunday clarified that the Department of Defense official misspoke in referring to the Talibaninfo-icon as a "partner". 

In a statement, the embassy said the US position had not changed and Washington continued to support an Afghan-led political process “by which all Afghan opposition groups, including the Taliban, enter a political dialogue so that Afghans can talk to other Afghans about the future of their country and to eventually resolve the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon.”

The Pentagon spokesman had stated that the US viewed Taliban as important partners in a peaceful Afghan-led reconciliation process.

The US Embassy said The Taliban had a choice and could accept the government of Afghanistan’s invitation to engage in a peace process and ultimately become part of the legitimate political system of a sovereign, united Afghanistan, supported by the international community.  “Or, they can choose to continue fighting fellow Afghans and destabilizing their own country.”   

It said the United States and the international community supported any outcome of the political process in which the Taliban and other armed Afghan opposition groups pledge to end violence, break associations with international terrorism, and accept the Afghanistan constitution and its protections for womeninfo-icon and minorities.  “These “end conditions” are a means to protect the significant gains made by Afghanistan over the last decade.”

Afghan Deputy Chief Executive Muhammad Khan said the statement of the US government terming the Taliban 'important partners' should not be considered as significant.

Khan, who along with a delegation visited Peshawar to condole the death of a veteran Pashtuninfo-icon nationalist, Afzal Khan Lala, told the Dawn they should not believe in such statements.



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