KABUL (AP) – On Saturday Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that his government and the United States was negotiating with the Taliban to try to bring peace to the country after ten years of war. This is the first official acknowledgment of such talks.
Karzai said to reporters in Kabul that “peace negotiations have already begun (with the Taliban) and they are going well.” “The foreign soldiers, particularly the United States, participating in these negotiations,” he added.
It was not possible to reach officials from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to confirm.
President Karzai has made overtures towards the Taliban who ruled Afghanistan for five years and hosted al-Qaida before being ousted by the invasion led by the United States in late 2001.AP