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Posted on 06/18/2013 8:09:09 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
US to open direct Taliban talks
The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced.
The first meeting is due to take place in the coming days in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban have just opened their first official overseas office.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government is also sending a delegation to Qatar to talk to the Taliban.
The announcement came on the day Nato handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan to government forces.
US officials said prisoner exchanges would be one topic for discussion with the Taliban, but the first weeks will mainly be used to explore each other's agendas.
However, the talks are on condition that the Taliban renounce violence, break ties with al-Qaeda and respect the Afghan constitution - including the rights of women and minorities.
US officials said this was the first step on a very long road, adding that there was no guarantee of success.
Although senior US officials describe the latest move as a milestone on the road to peace, others will feel it is nearer to treason, says BBC North America Editor Mark Mardell. 'Puppets of the US'
On Tuesday, the Taliban issued a statement saying that one of the main aims of their Doha office was "to meet Afghans".
The statement said they would also make contact with UN, regional and international organisations as well as non-governmental institutions.
After opening the "political bureau" in Doha alongside Qatari officials, Taliban representative Mohammed Naeem told reporters the group wanted good relations with Afghanistan's neighbouring countries.
In the past, the Taliban have always refused to meet President Karzai or his government, dismissing them as puppets of the US.
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Sounds like a rerun of the Paris Peace Talks and we see where that ended.
Obama will be offering them our terms of surrender.
Ah , the talks about the Change Of Command from NATO to the TallyBand
After Obama returns Afghanistan to the Taliban, all the sacrifices made by our troops will have been for nothing;
not that Obama cares in any case.
And we all know that the rest of the world holds the Obamadork-felon-cretin in such high regard.
(He’d lose a tic tac toe game with a worm.)
There’s a brilliant military move. It will be like starting up talks with SA 13 gang members on drug trafficing.
Well better to have them out in the open, than have them be a secret like Obama has had them up until now.
Sorry, I’m not buying that this guy hasn’t been in contact with them until now.
Obama still seeking to legitimize the terrorists.
I’m thinking we have officially stolen the “surrender monkey white flag” from the french.
We should ‘talk’ withthm the same way Kirk talked to Khan: “Prepare to receive my transmission.”
Can you hear me now?
Don’t we have direct talks with them in GITMO?
Sure sounds like it. Expect th same results.
Nam all over again. Leave it a dem to surrender.
Not difficult to arrange - just have Huma come to the White House for coffee. :)
I’m sorry, I’m still laughing at the thought of Afghanistan assuming security....
They can assume the position for all I care.