Taliban opening office in Qatar

Taliban opening office in Qatar
Tue Jun 18, 2013 14:11:11

The Afghan militant group, Taliban has announced its decision to open an office in Qatar.

The militant group said Tuesday that it seeks to restart talks on ending the 12-year-old war in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

Earlier, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan would send representatives to Qatar soon to discuss peace with the insurgent group.

A team of envoys from the Taliban flew to Qatar in early 2012 to open talks with the US government. But the Taliban suspended the talks in March 2012, saying Washington was giving mixed signals on the Afghan reconciliation process.

Among the most prominent members of the delegation in the Qatari capital Doha is Tayeb Agha, the former chief of staff to the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mulla Mohammed Omar.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Now US officials are saying that the militant group should be integrated into talks as years of occupation have failed to stem insecurity in Afghanistan.

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