June 19, 2011
The United States is holding talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday, in the first official confirmation of such contacts after nearly 10 years of war.
Although diplomats and officials say talks are at a very early stage, Karzai’s remarks highlight the increasing focus on finding a political solution in Afghanistan as foreign combat troops prepare to pull out by 2014.
“Talks with the Taliban have started… the talks are going on well,” Karzai said, addressing a conference in Kabul.
“Also foreign forces, especially the United States, are carrying out the talks themselves.”