Qatar to talk to all sides in Afghan peace process

April 3, 2012 20:27

DUBAI - Qatar, which is to allow the Afghan Taliban to open a political office on its soil, said on Tuesday it would talk to all Afghan parties in an effort to reinvigorate the peace process.

The state QNA news agency quoted Afghan Minister of State for International Cooperation, Khalid Mohamed al-Attiyah, as saying "We will talk to all parties," in response to a question on his country's role in reconciling Afghan factions.

He was speaking after meeting Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool for talks that dealt with the opening of the Taliban office in Doha, QNA said.

The opening of the office is one of a series of gestures, including the potential transfer of Taliban detainees from the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison to Qatar, meant to inject momentum into the first political negotiations on the Afghan conflict since a US invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001.

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