Taliban to set up liaison office in Qatar

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The Taliban have confirmed that they will be setting up a liaison office in Qatar—a measure accepted by President Hamid Karzai after facing pressure from the US—to aide future peace negotiations with the international community.

For the American’s and Afghans, the logic of having an office somewhere directly out of the region would be to lessen Pakistani influence over the Taliban, where its leadership is currently based. In an account provided by the New York Times, the officials worry that Pakistan would use any future peace talks involving the Taliban to further its influence in Afghanistan, especially considering that it has previously allowed the Taliban to plan attacks there from Pakistan.

Qatar, on the other hand, is seen as a neutral country, and are—as when it comes to hosting extremists of all stripes—willing to host the Taliban.

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