Karzai 'accepts' Taliban office in Qatar

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Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan president, has said he will accept the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks.

If the United States insists that the armed group establish a liaison office in Qatar, "we are agreed", Karzai said in a presidential statement on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Kabul recalled its ambassador to Qatar for consultations over reports that the Taliban was planning to open an office in the gulf country.

As the 2014 deadline for the US led forces to pull out nears, there has been a growing need to engage the Islamists for a durable peace in the country.

It has been identified that a proper address for Taliban will help facilitate the talks.

The US and its NATO allies have been pursuing a war against the Taliban, but the armed group remains a force to be reckoned with, despite a decade of war.

One complication to negotiations with the Taliban is that many Afghans still view them with suspicion and say they should answer for their past crimes.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports From Kabul.

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