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US 'outraged' over how the Taliban office opened

Security guards stand outside the new Taliban political office in Doha, on June 18, 2013. India has given a cautious blessing to attempts to make peace with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents as US Secretary of State John Kerry promised to pay heed to the concerns of the regional power.

Security guards stand outside the new Taliban political office in Doha, on June 18, 2013. India has given a cautious blessing to attempts to make peace with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents as US Secretary of State John Kerry promised to pay heed to the concerns of the regional power.  (AFP/File)

US envoy James Dobbins on Monday said Washington was outraged at how the Taliban opened an office in Qatar that was intended as a first step towards a peace deal in Afghanistan.

"The use of the Islamic Emirate title... (and) the symbols, signs and nomenclature were incompatible with what had been understood to be the arrangement," he told reporters in Kabul.

"We were outraged ourselves because it was inconsistent with the assurances we had been given."

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