Washington, Oct 12: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Afghanistan's government will continue to try to draw the Taliban insurgency to peace talks.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai had said over the weekend that he is through trying to engage the insurgents directly. Future efforts should be initiated by Pakistan, Karzai said, since the Taliban high command lives there.
Clinton tells the Associated Press on Tuesday that Karzai understands he must keep trying. She says the goal, is to test whether there is an opening for "resolution with some parts of the Taliban or with all of the Taliban."
The U.S. sees a political settlement between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed government in Kabul as the key to ending the war. The U.S. plans to bring most forces home by 2015. AP