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Doors for talks with Haqqani still open: Clinton

Doors for talks with Haqqani still open: Clinton

Oct 12, 2011 - 16:16

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): US Secretary of State said on Wednesday they had not closed all doors for talks with the Haqqani networkinfo-icon and were ready for peace negotiation with the Pakistaninfo-icon-based Afghan insurgent group.

Talking to Reuters news agency, Hillary Clinton said they considered Haqqani and other alike groups as their rivals who were very dangerous for the US, Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon but doors for peace talks with them were still open.  

The group was pressurized with force to leave resistance and come to the negotiation table, but it would be premature to say which group was serious in peace talks, she said.

"During an ongoing war you have to fight somewhere while talks to them elsewhere," she said.

She did not say directly the network would be declared as terrorist but said all options were opened to US for peace.

Clinton told the Associated Press that the Afghan government would continue efforts for peace talks with Talibaninfo-icon.

Afghans' emotions after the killing of their leader Prof. Rabbani were understandable and US special envoy had left for Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries of the region in connection to peace talks, she said.



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