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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