Taliban ‘interested’ in dialogue: Afghanistan

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s chief negotiator in peace talks that began in Pakistan this week said on Tuesday that he was hopeful Taliban insurgents would join the process but warned that public support would wane if there were no quick results.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai said the first meeting in Islamabad on Monday had mainly been intended to set a framework for the process before a meeting in Kabul on January 18 to draw up a roadmap for talks with the Taliban.