Afghan president to visit Qatar, discuss peace process

Published June 09, 2013

| Associated Press

Officials say Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting Qatar to discuss his country's stalled peace process and the possible opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf state.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said Sunday that Karzai will not hold any talks with Taliban representatives currently in Qatar.

He will hold meetings with Qatari officials on the sidelines of an annual conference on relations between the United States and the Muslim world.

The president's office says he will meet with Qatari officials to discuss the peace process and bilateral relations between the two countries.

Both Afghanistan and the United States support the opening of a Taliban political office as part of an effort to rekindle talks with the group. The Taliban has so far refused direct talks with government representatives.

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