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David Cameron has welcomed the announcement that the US is to have direct talks with the Taliban.
Speaking at the G8 summit at Lough Erne, the Prime Minister said the security process in Afghanistan needed to be matched by political negotiations “to try and make sure that as many people as possible give up violence and give up armed struggle and join the political process”.
“That is exactly what I hope can happen with elements of the Taliban”, Mr Cameron added.
White House officials said that the negotiations would take place in Qatar in the coming days on the condition that the group renounced links to al-Qaeda and committed itself to an Afghan constitution.
The move comes as Nato troops transfer responsibility for security for the whole of the country back to Afghan forces.
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