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U.S. pleased by Karzai's willingness to talk to Taliban

02-22-2012 09:40 BJT

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The United States was pleased by the willingness expressed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to talk directly to the Taliban, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday.

"I think we have been gratified to see President Karzai speaking out publicly in support of Afghan-to-Afghan reconciliation," she told reporters at a briefing, adding that the United States had been working on this "for some time."

Her comment came after Karzai issued a statement earlier Tuesday saying he was hopeful to have direct talks with the Taliban.

"Our goal is to work ourselves out of a job if that makes sense, " said Nuland. "Because when we get to the point where it's Afghans and Afghans talking to each other, then we'll really have a true reconciliation process."

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday talked with Karzai over the phone on an array of strategic issues of mutual concern.

White House said the two leaders discussed "regional support for Afghan-led reconciliation, the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran trilateral meetings last week in Islamabad, and other strategic issues of mutual concern."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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