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US backs Afghanistan in Taliban peace talks

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First published: January 5, 2012, 7:22 AM IST | Updated: January 5, 2012
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US backs Afghanistan in Taliban peace talks
Taliban had also demanded that the US free its officials held up in Guantanamo bay.

New Delhi: The United States has decided to back an Afghanistan government-led peace initiative with the Taliban only if it meets international standards.

The Taliban had agreed to begin peace talks with the Karzai government which has America's backing.

Karzai has also revealed plans of establishing a Taliban office in the gulf state, Qatar. Taliban had also demanded that the US free its officials held up in Guantanamo bay.

The US has rejected the demand, stating that no decision has been reached regarding freeing the prisoners to boost the reconciliation.

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