US says spat over Qatar office Taliban's 'first test' over commitment to Afghan peace talks

Johannesburg, June 23 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry has said disagreement over the Taliban office in Qatar is the 'very first test' of the Islamic militant movement's commitment to peace talks.

The opening of the Taliban office was signaled as the best chance of bringing the sides to the table.

The peace process however got disrupted after Kabul objected to the wording of a sign with the name of the former Taliban regime.

According to news24, the Taliban have removed the sign and lowered their flag but are divided over whether to keep it lowered.

Kerry, speaking in Doha, said that the US had hoped for an important step towards reconciliation, but it's really up to the Taliban to make that choice, the report said.

He is the Qatari capital to attend separate talks on Syria's civil war. (ANI)


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