This week, the US and the Taliban are holding peace talks on behalf of the Afghan government as the Taliban “expressed their desire to talk”. However, the Afghan government announced its pullout with an angry President Hamid Karzai also cancelling security talks with the United States.
President Karzai’s anger stemmed from the reports that the Taliban was offering its new office in Doha, Qatar as the government, putting up a sign proclaiming its former name when it ruled Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Afghan President renewed its claims that the Taliban and some Western officials wanted to overtake the Afghan government.
However, despite Karzai’s intention to pull back, the United States continues its peace and security talks with the Afghan government.
President Karzai said that the suspension of US security negotiation was because of the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan past the scheduled pullout of American soldiers next year. Karzai also accused the United States and the Taliban for collaborating with the Taliban. However, he retracted the remarks later and said it was misinterpreted.
Karzai’s response was expected by the White House. US President Barack Obama said that they understood the entire peace talks with the Taliban will not be easy. He still believes Karzai remains open to negotiations with the Taliban.