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U.S. Says Taliban Must Talk to Kabul, Not Washington

March 6, 2018 12:47 AM
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‘We certainly cannot substitute for the Afghan government and the Afghan people,’ a top State Department official says

WASHINGTON—A top State Department official endorsed a recent overture by the Afghan government to the Taliban as a “benchmark event” on the road to peace, but said any talks should not involve the U.S., something the Taliban have insisted on.

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