Peace talk with Taliban will not include USA

NATO’s Afghanistan mission has denied reports that its commander has said, America is ready to join direct talks with the Taliban. US General John Nicholson spoke with Afghan officials in Kandahar, where he reportedly said the US was ready to talk to the Taliban a shift from the long-held position of Kabul needing to lead any peace process.

US General John Nicholson (file photo)

In a statement, Nicholson said, his comments had been mischaracterised and that he was merely reaffirming remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently, said the US is prepared to support, facilitate and participate in eventual peace talks. He said, US is not a substitute for the Afghan people or the Afghan government.

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