The U.S. and Afghan governments have begun secret three-way talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told The Wall Street Journal in an interview, as he disclosed an important breakthrough in the effort to end the ongoing war.
According to the newspaper, Karzai, whose government had objected to being left out of recent talks between the U.S. and the insurgent group, added that he believes the Taliban are in favor of a peace settlement.
“People in Afghanistan want peace, including the Taliban. They’re also people like we all are. They have families, they have relatives, they have children, they are suffering a tough time,” Karzai told the Journal. He declined to go into details about the specific location of the talks between his government, the U.S. and the Taliban, as he noted it may damage the process.
The Associated Press reported that the presidents of Afghanistan and Iran convened in Pakistan on Thursday for a three-way summit that was focused on specific steps that could be taken to facilitate peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.