June 24, 2013 / 10:51 AM / 5 years ago

Conditions for Taliban talks not met yet: Kerry

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.

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

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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