Hamid Karzai in Qatar,Taliban talks in focus

President Hamid Karzai held talks with Qatari leaders on Sunday,official media reported,on a visit the Kabul government

Written by Reuters | Doha | Published: April 1, 2013 12:53 am

President Hamid Karzai held talks with Qatari leaders on Sunday,official media reported,on a visit the Kabul government has said would seek to explore the possibility of talks with Taliban insurgents on ending Afghanistan’s war.

Karzai’s trip to the Gulf Arab state,a US ally which has mediated in conflicts in Arab or Muslim countries,follows years of stalled discussions among the US,Pakistan and the Taliban about a possible Afghan settlement.

Afghanistan’s embassy in Doha confirmed Karzai’s arrival on Saturday for a two-day visit to the Qatari capital,but declined to give any details on the purpose of the visit.

Qatar’s state news agency QNA said Karzai held talks with the emir,Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani,attended by the Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.

Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman,Janan Mosazai said Karzai would “discuss the peace process and the opening of a (Taliban) office for the purposes of conducting negotiations with Afghanistan.”

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