Saturday, March 7, 2009

Karzai praises Obama on engaging Taliban

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai on Sunday hailed President Barack Obama's call for engaging the Taliban.

"It is very good news that the American president, his Excellency Obama, has backed talks with those Taliban that he termed as moderate," Karzai said at an International Women's Day event in Kabul.

"This is the Afghan government's long stand. We wanted this and we support and stand with them to bring peace and stability to this land. Only those who have left their homes and are fighting their country because they are forced to, or are scared (of being arrested) or for other reasons, they are welcome (to join talks)."

Many analysts feel that a purely military solution in Afghanistan is no longer tenable as the Taliban has been growing in strength across most of the country.

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has requested that national elections, which were due to take place in August, be brought forward to April so as to be in line with the constitution. Inside Story asks: Is Karzai respecting the constitutional deadline, as his supporters claim, or is he attempting to gain an unfair advantage, as his opponents suggest? (Al-Jazeera)

Karzai hails US call for engaging Taliban

PRESS TV - ‎43 minutes ago‎
Afghanistan's president has welcomed the new US administration's readiness to engage 'moderate elements' of the Taliban in peace talks.

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