Conditions for Taliban talks not met yet: Kerry

NEW DELHI Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:50am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), on his first visit to India as secretary, poses with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid for photographers at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), on his first visit to India as secretary, poses with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid for photographers at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, June 24, 2013.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that conditions for talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan had not been met yet, after a spat over a new Taliban office in Qatar threatened to derail peace negotiations.

Kerry was speaking at a joint press conference with the Indian foreign minister in New Delhi.

The United States and Taliban insurgents are exploring peace talks in a fresh effort to end Afghanistan's 12-year-old war, helped behind the scenes by the support of neighboring Pakistan's powerful military.

India, which jockeys for influence with arch rival Pakistan in Afghanistan, last week warned that any reconciliation should not confer legitimacy on insurgent groups.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Manoj Kumar)

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Comments (4)
Glane wrote:
why?

Jun 24, 2013 8:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheReckoning wrote:
Those who represent Western interests must read Robert R. Reilly’s “The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist” before they begin negotiations. Otherwise they may not notice they’re being played by the Taliban who ultimately wish to return Afghanistan to the Dark Ages.

Jun 24, 2013 8:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ALALAYIIIAAAA wrote:
Taliban as well as sunits islamists (into which american gonverment and american people show extreme affection and support in libya in suria and so forth) represent the same values,the values of sharia law.
america have armed taliban in the past to fight against russia , so in my opinion america and talibal share the same values and they seem to enjoy it.taliban watching what kind of life you are trying to follow what is your ideas just like NSA does in united states.the only discernible difference both countries have is the position of women in society.Gun control disrespect for the dead torture and stuff like that are the same in both countries.

Jun 24, 2013 9:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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