There’s word from Afghanistan’s President that the U.S. is in secret talks with the Taliban.
FOX News Radio’s Chris Stanley has the story:
The U.S. and Afghan governments have begun secret three-way talks with the Taliban. This, according to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
Karzai says he believes most Taliban are “definitively” interested in a peace settlement, that “they have families, they have children, they are suffering a tough time.”
He wouldn’t specify the location of the talks or give any further details.
A senior Obama administration official saying the U.S. is assuring Karzai that “all we’re interested in is seeing if we could open the door for Afghan-to-Afghan talks”, and cautioned against reading too much into the three-way session.
Chris Stanley, FOX News Radio
Iran is also involved in a separate round of similar talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
FOX News Radio’s Emily Wither reports from Jerusalem:
The Presidents of Afghanistan and Iran are in Pakistan for a three-way summit that’s to focus on steps Islamabad can take to facilitate peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.
Pakistan is seen as being key to the peace process.
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also likely to talk about a proposed pipeline that would deliver natural gas from his country to Pakistan. The U.S. opposing this because of tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.
In Jerusalem, Emily Wither, FOX News Radio