Source: Al Arabiya, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 19:06 KSA - 16:06 GMT (Translated to English)
Representatives of the Taliban and officials of Qatar have opened today, "the Political Bureau of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" in Doha, while Washington expressed the hope to begin talks with them in the Qatari capital. The Office aims to open a dialogue with the international community and Afghan groups for a "peaceful solution" in Afghanistan, told reporters in Doha Office spokesman Mohammed Naim.
The United States has welcomed the decision. "I think the U.S. will have the first meeting with the Taliban after several years within a couple of days in Doha," he told reporters a senior U.S. official. Confirming that Washington will use to communicate with the Office also that the guerrillas are still fighting Afghan troops and those of NATO, the U.S. official said it was "the beginning of a very hard road." An Afghan official in Kabul said the opening of the office was followed by a "pressure from the United States."
The group, which has launched the insurgency against US-led troops since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was overthrown after the attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001, has pledged to never allow Afghan territory is used to threaten a foreign country: "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will not allow anyone to threaten other countries through the Afghan soil." "We support a peaceful political solution, which interrupt the occupation of Afghanistan and the Islamic system and guarantee the security at the national level."