Monday, June 20, 2011

Gates confirms, contacts with Taliban "Important hour out who represents them"

The U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on CNN today that the State Department, together with authorities of other countries, is conducting negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan, confirming what was mentioned yesterday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But it might take months before that give fruits their efforts to reach a peace agreement, said the defense secretary, who will leave office later this month.

Gates has confirmed that, in recent weeks, there have been contacts between the Taliban and the United States, led by the Department of State:''There have been exploratory contacts by a number of countries, including the United States. But I would say, at this stage are very preliminary,''said in an interview with CNN.

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