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Afghanistan's President Karzai welcomes U.S. remarks on Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday welcomed remarks from the Obama administration that the Taliban were not necessarily America's enemies.

Earlier this month Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with Newsweek magazine that the Islamist militants did not represent a threat to U.S. interests unless they continued to shelter al-Qaida. "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests," Biden was quoted as saying by Newsweek.

The Obama administration and other governments are trying to establish a peace process with the Taliban to help end the 10-year war.

"I am very happy that the American government has announced that the Taliban are not their enemies," Karzai said in a speech to the Afghan Academy of Sciences. The AP said it was told by a senior U.S. official that Washington plans meetings with Taliban representatives in Europe and the Persian Gulf region this year.

Afghanistan's President Karzai welcomes U.S. remarks on Taliban 12/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 8:50pm]
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