Afghanistan seeks explanation for Taleban office in Qatar
KABUL (AP) - Afghanistan's government said on Sunday it is still waiting for a full explanation of how the Taleban were allowed to open an office in Qatar that was akin to an embassy, flying the militant group's flag and using its formal name from the years it ruled the country.
But Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said the Afghan government remains willing to send a peace delegation to Doha to negotiate with the Taleban once it has its explanation, as well as assurances that the office will be nothing more than a place for talks.
"The Afghan government remains fully committed to pursue a process of peace negotiations with the armed opposition, including the Taleban, but within the confines of the conditions and the principles and the assurances that we have established," Mr Mosazai told reporters in Kabul.
The diplomatic incident served as a reminder of just how difficult a task lies ahead in getting all sides to the negotiating table after nearly 12 years of war.