U.S. Says Taliban Must Talk to Kabul, Not Washington

WASHINGTON, March 69INP0 A top State Department official endorsed a recent overture by the Afghan government to the Taliban as a “benchmark event” on the road to peace, but said any talks should not involve the U.S., something the Taliban have insisted on.

“We certainly cannot substitute for the Afghan government and the Afghan people,” Alice Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs said Monday.