WASHINGTON - The US has backed a call issued by leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Britain at their Chequers Summit to Taliban to join the peace process.
“That’s what we’re looking for and we call on Taliban to take the steps necessary to open the office in Doha and enter into real dialogue with the High Peace Council,” State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters, while endorsing the joint statement issued by the third trilateral summit.
“We fully endorse the contents of the joint statement that the three governments came forward with, and we are committed to supporting an Afghan-led process,” she said while responding to a question at the daily press briefing.
Nuland referred to the last month’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington and said the two leaders reaffirmed that an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process was the surest way to end the violence and ensure lasting stability in Afghanistan as well as in the region.
“We believe that the UK-Afghanistan-Pakistan Chequers Summit that occurred this weekend was clearly an advance in this process,” the spokesperson added. “Our goal here has been to support the creation of a process to make it possible, both in the work that we’re doing with the Afghan government, the work that we’re doing with the government of Pakistan and the three of us together through the core group, and our support for the opening of the office in Qatar under the right circumstance, to make it possible for willing Taliban participants to talk directly to the Afghan High Peace Council,” Ms Nuland said.
“That’s what we’re looking for, and we call on the Taliban to take the steps necessary to open the office in Doha and enter into real dialogue with the High Peace Council. The goal for everybody should be an inclusive political order in a strong, unified, sovereign Afghanistan,” she said. “The goal for everybody should be an inclusive political order in a strong, unified, sovereign Afghanistan, she concluded.”