US in secret direct talks with Afghan Taliban

February 19th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban New York, Feb 19(ANI): The Obama administration is reportedly holding direct, secret talks with senior Taliban leaders in Afghanistan as part of an effort to forge a political settlement with the group.

According to the New Yorker magazine, the discussions are continuing, they are of an exploratory nature and do not yet amount to a peace negotiation.

When asked for comment on the talks, a White House spokesman said that the remarks that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made earlier offered a “thorough representation of the US position.”

Clinton had earlier said that only a political solution would end the war in Afghanistan.

“We will never kill enough insurgents to end this war outright,” Clinton had said during a speech in New York.

Clinton had also voiced hope for splitting off rank-and-file Taliban from Al-Qaeda extremists in Afghanistan.

She said that the surge in US-led troops over the past year was part of a strategy to “split the weakened Taliban off from Al-Qaeda and reconcile those who will renounce violence and accept the Afghan constitution”. (ANI)

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