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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US: Taliban statement 'important first step'

A soldier in central Pamjwaii district, west of Kandahar. Credit: PA

The Taliban will release a statement today saying that they oppose the use of Afghan soil to threaten other countries and support peace, US officials told Reuters.

The US has welcomed the statement and sees it as an "important first step towards reconciliation".

US sees peace talks as first step in 'messy' process

Former members of the Taliban look at weapons. Credit: ABACA/Press Association Images

The United States see the Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban as only the first step in what is likely to be a complex and "messy" process, officials told Reuters.

The US will insist that the Taliban and insurgent groups break ties with al-Qaeda, end violence and accept the Afghan constitution which includes protection for women and minorities.

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