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U.S. supports Karzai-Taliban secret talks while Taliban denies: media

English.news.cn   2014-02-06 19:10:54

KABUL, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The United States of America has shown support to the reported clandestine talks between Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban outfit to find out a negotiated settlement to his country's lingering crisis, while the armed group has denied the report, local media reported Thursday.

Washington on Tuesday endorsed peace talks between President Hamid Karzai government and Taliban, the English newspaper Daily Outlook reported in its Thursday edition.

According to the paper, State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki said in a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, "we have long strongly supported an Afghan-led reconciliation which would of course be Afghans talking to Afghans."

Another newspaper Etilaatroz also reported that the Taliban had shown readiness for peace talks with President Karzai before convening consultative Loya Jirga Jirga or traditional grand assembly of tribal elders in last November and since then messages between the government and militants have been exchanged.

Citing presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi, the newspaper added that the "past two months were positive and the contacts were serious than any other time." Based on Faizi's remarks the newspaper added that president Karzai's stance with regard to inking bilateral security agreement with U.S. has encouraged the Taliban for peace.

Meantime, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has termed the reported contacts between the armed outfit and the Karzai government as baseless.

A message Mujahid posted on Taliban website emphasized that the "report of New York Times about secret talks between Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of Taliban ousted regime) and the puppet administration of Kabul (the government of Afghanistan) is baseless" and they reject it.

Editor: Shen Qing
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