Kerry hopeful on Taliban talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said US talks with the Taliban could ultimately lead to reconciliation.

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Karzai suspends US talks amid Taliban peace process

Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited US President Barack Obama in January.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited US President Barack Obama in January. Credit: Mark Wilson/DPA/Press Association Images

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suspended talks with the US on a security pact, accusing Washington of providing "inconsistent statements" on peace talks with the Taliban.

"In a special meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the president has decided to suspend talks about a security pact with the US because of their inconsistent statements and actions in regard to the peace process", Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters.

The US Embassy in Kabul said it was preparing a statement following the announcement.

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Taliban cut ribbon in new offices ahead of historic talks

The Taliban have opened new offices in Doha ahead of holding historic talks with the US aimed at finding a political solution to end the war in Afghanistan.

In Doha a spokesman said the group opposes the use of Afghan soil to threaten other countries and supports the negotiating process - two demands made by the US and Afghan president before talks can begin.

Read: The return to the table of the Taliban

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Obama: Taliban must renounce al-Qaeda

US President Barack Obama at the start of the G8 summit. Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA

US President Barack Obama said an Afghanistan-led peace process is the only way towards peace in the country and added that the Taliban must renounce al-Qaeda.

Obama also commended Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai for the "courageous step" and said the process would not be easy or quick.

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