US Secretary of State Tillerson for dialogue with the Taliban in Afghaistan
Washington DC: The US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson feels very strongly and wants some sort of a peace process. That means actually sitting down and talking with members of the Taliban and starting to facilitate that kind of dialogue.
Like in many situations in many other countries, ultimately military options or our military strategy is not necessarily going to win those countries and put peace back together.
In the long run, you have to bring both sides to the table or multiple sides to the table together to determine their future.
This was underscored by Heather Nauert, the US Department of State Spokesperson when a journalist asked her about tools the Secretary of State would like to use to turn around the conflict in Afghanistan at her daily Press Briefing here on Tuesday (24 July 2017).
Ms. Nauert spoke about the Kabul suicide bombing on 24 July that killed at least 35 people and wounded many more. She said that the latest attack targeted civilians and public servants. One of the US guards, a local Afghan, was killed in the blast. Members of the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
The Taliban has become more dangerous and more deadly and has been involved in the kinds of attacks that perhaps previously they have not been involved with, Ms Nauert said adding that remains a major concern for the US.
Stating that the US has been in Afghanistan for 16 years now the USState Department spokesperson said: “It is a complicated situation in Afghanistan and the policy review for Afghanistan is still underway and will continue until they make a determination for the best way forward.” There are other reviews still underway, including that of Pakistan and others. It could happen soon, but it may take longer as well, she told media-persons.