James Dobbins arrives in Qatar to join Kerry in meetings with Qatari leaders

DOHA: US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins has arrived in Qatar to take part in meetings later on Saturday between Secretary of State John Kerry and Qatari leaders, a US official said.


“He (Dobbins) will join Secretary’s bilateral meeting with the Qatar officials, and that’s part of our bilateral agenda, but in terms of direct meetings with the Taliban, I don’t have anything to announce at this time,” the State Department spokesman, Patrick Ventrell, said.

The spokesman clarified that Kerry would not be meeting with the Taliban representatives.

“Secretary will not be meeting with the Taliban. It would be at Ambassador Dobbins’s level or on his team. Kerry will hold bilateral talks with London 11 ‘Friends of Syria’ group,” he said, added that US want Afghans to talk to Afghans.

“That’s what the point of this reconciliation is and what we’re working toward. We separately have some issues to discuss with the Taliban, principally among them the safe return of US soldier Sergeant Bergdahl. We continue to think that he needs to come home as soon as possible,” he said.

“But in terms of reconciliation and Afghans talking to Afghans, that’s really what the point of this political office is in Doha, and we want to get that on track,” he said.

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