Afghan Tal­iban calls for di­rect talks with the US

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - World - AFP

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KABUL The Tal­iban has called for di­rect talks with the US to find a “peaceful so­lu­tion” to the con­flict in Afghanistan, in an ap­par­ent pol­icy shift af­ter months of es­ca­lat­ing at­tacks. The Tal­iban state­ment said it “calls on Amer­i­can of­fi­cials to talk di­rectly to the Po­lit­i­cal Of­fice of Is­lamic Emi­rate re­gard­ing a peaceful so­lu­tion to the Afghan quandary”, us­ing the name it calls it­self. It ref­er­enced re­ports of US en­voy Alice Wells’ sug­ges­tion that a win­dow was still open for talks.

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