Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Kabul on Wednesday night for talks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai on seeking peace with the Taliban terrorists.
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Radio Free Europe- Radio Liberty reported:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says talks are still possible with the Taliban to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan but that the militants will face continued attacks if they don’t cooperate.
Clinton was speaking in Kabul, where she arrived on October 19 on an unannounced short visit to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, other Afghan officials, and civil-society leaders.
She said peace talks with the Taliban need to be part of an inclusive political process that protects gains made in recent years, and must also have the support of Afghanistan’s neighbors.
Clinton’s delegation was reportedly headed to Pakistan next.
She added that Pakistan’s cooperation in particular is critical to Afghanistan’s future, and urged Pakistan’s leaders to deny safe haven to extremists sheltering across the border.
Clinton’s trip comes after Karzai recently expressed frustration over attempts to negotiate with the Taliban, and after efforts to reconcile with insurgents were dealt a major blow with the assassination last month of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was leading a Karzai-backed initiative to seek a political settlement.