Mattis emphasises reconciliation as Taliban join Doha office – Dawn

WASHINGTON: As five members of the Afghan Taliban joined the group’s political office in Qatar, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis declared that reconciliation was the most important aspect of the strategy for Afghanistan.

The US media reported on Wednesday that the five officials who were freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could participate in future talks with officials in Doha.

Senior US officials have already held two rounds of talks with Taliban representatives in Doha. The last round, held earlier this month, led to the release of a key Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

US media identified the five as Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Nori and …. Read More on Dawn