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Afghan Govt offers Taliban new office in Turkey or Saudi

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posted on Aug, 11 2013 @ 07:03 PM

KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said “the Afghan government is ready to open an office for the Taliban in Saudi Arabia or Turkey if they want so.”

The ministry spokesman, Janan Musazai, told reporters in Kabul the Taliban’s Qatar office had been inaugurated in volition of the government’s conditions.

The Taliban opened their office in Doha in May and abandoned it before peace talks could even start due a dispute over the signs and symbols the Taliban raised at the compound.

Interesting, no? Taliban gets their own office to have negotiations with Afghan gov't to help get the ball rolling for actual peace talks.

Musazai said any new office for the Taliban should come in line with the government’s conditions and will. “The Afghanistan government is ready to have a contact with the Taliban through a political office and start negotiations, but not ready for any compromise on the constitution and the gains the people of Afghanistan have made so far over the past more than a decade.”

He said the government did not allow the reconciliation process to threaten the national unity or lead to anarchy and would not allow the “enemies” to reach their goals which they had not been able to achieve in the battlefield.

Musazai said the government was ready to open an office for the Taliban within Afghanistan and give a guarantee for the security of their trusted peace emissaries for direct talks.

“If the Taliban do not accept this offer, the government is ready to help them open an office in Saudi Arabia or Turkey because the preference is to pave the ground for direct talks beween the two sides.”

The Afghan gov't is ready to bend over backwards and give the Taliban offices in Turkey or Saudi Arabia if they're not happy with an Afghan location? Really? You can't say the Afghan gov't isn't trying to work with the Taliban to open lines for communications and negotiations.

On Thursday, President Karzai once again invited the Taliban to the negotiating table, saying they should stop using foreign guns against their own people. He said the Taliban office would not have been closed if they had opened it in Afghanistan instead of Qatar.

The Middle East is completely torn and even though I don't trust the Afghan gov't anymore than I trust the Taliban I would like to see some kind of progress towards peace, no matter how unlikely.

posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 06:18 AM
reply to post by Swills

This must be some type of propaganda to make it look like the Afghanistan government is doing everything in it's power to try and negotiate peace, regardless of the known outcome. For Islamic extremists, their entire premise is based upon "resistance" and not negotiation. The day they negotiate anything is the day they just renounced their own religion.

posted on Aug, 12 2013 @ 07:12 AM
reply to post by Deetermined

So Islamist extremist don't negotiate with government officials?

how ironic

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