(WASHINGTON) — Tensions are running high between the U.S. and Afghanistan given the latest controversy involving an American Army sergeant who’s suspected of slaying 16 Afghan civilians.
On top of that, the Taliban says it wants no part of entering into talks that might lead to an end to the 10-year-long conflict.
However, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prefers to see the peace process as something that can be resuscitated through diplomacy.
Even as the Taliban seems more resolved than ever to fight to the death to regain control of Afghanistan, Clinton told reporters in Washington Wednesday, “We are committed to supporting Afghan reconciliation.”
Clinton had just held talks with her counterpart, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul, when she reiterated demands that the Taliban renounce all ties with al Qaeda and work towards establishing human rights for all.
America’s top enjoy is also pushing for the Taliban to reopen an office in Qatar where preliminary talks had begun to open the door to a possible resolution of the war.
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