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U.S. to resume talks with Taliban: reports

01-13-2012 08:55 BJT

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. media reports on Thursday quoted senior administration officials as saying the Obama administration will resume peace talks with the Taliban as soon as Afghan President Hamid Karzai formally blesses the negotiations, and the process could be underway within weeks.

According to reports on the Washington Post, Marc Grossman, senior U.S. diplomat who shepherded a series of secret U.S. meetings with the insurgents last year, will meet with Karzai late next week to ensure that he is on board, and if Karzai says yes, the talks could start again.

The U.S.-Taliban talks collapsed in December. They reached a tentative deal, including the transfer of five Afghan detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison facility to Qatar and an insurgent renunciation of international terrorism. But it didn't have the backing of Karzai. There have been no meetings with the insurgents since then.

According to President Barack Obama's strategy to draw down the troops level announced last June, the U.S. is bringing home a total of 33,000 troops by the summer of 2012, fully recovering the surge troops announced late 2009. The security transition to Afghanistan troops will be completed by 2014.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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