Thursday, March 22, 2012

Clinton: US still open to Taliban talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration still welcomes peace talks with the Taliban despite the militants' angry claims that the United States double-crossed them in preliminary discussions, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.

The Afghan insurgent group announced last week it was pulling out in frustration and accused the United States of changing the terms of the discussions. The Obama administration is trying to foster talks between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai that could broker an end to the insurgency.

"The Taliban have their own choice to make, but let there be no doubt that the United States is prepared to work with all Afghans who are committed to an inclusive reconciliation process that leads toward lasting security," Clinton said. Read More