US, Afghan government tensions burst into public over Taliban talks

The State Department summoned Afghanistan’s national security adviser Thursday after he blasted the U.S. for its direct talks with the Taliban and accused the U.S. negotiator of undermining the Afghan government and seeking power in Kabul. Tensions have been brewing for months as the Afghan government has been excluded from U.S. talks with the militant group and they burst open […]

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US envoy for Afghanistan defends Taliban peace talks: ‘We are on the right path’

After criticisms of the early details of his peace talks with the Taliban, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is defending those talks and urging others not to rush to judgment yet. While he said his nearly week-long meeting with Taliban officials yielded “significant progress,” critics, including a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, have accused the Trump […]

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