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Thursday
Jun202013

Kerry Calls Karzai After Afghan Leader Backs Out of Peace Talks

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry was quickly dispatched to do some damage control on Wednesday after Afghanistan's president threatened to scuttle peace talks with the Taliban.

Earlier, Kabul also announced that it was breaking off discussions with the U.S. regarding long-term security once American forces withdraw from Afghanistan next year, accusing Washington of saying one thing and doing another.

The one-two punch from Afghan President Hamid Karzai came 24 hours after the Taliban said that it was open to holding talks with U.S. and Afghan officials at their new headquarters in Qatar in an effort to peacefully resolve the 12-year-long war.

However, Karzai became infuriated with the Taliban for flying their flag outside the new office in Doha and posting a sign that read "the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

During Kerry's phone chat, Karzai was assured the flag was coming down and that the sign would be replaced with "Bureau of Peace Talks."

Karzai apparently told Kerry that if these good faith efforts were accomplished, he would "be ready to keep the wheels rolling" on the process.

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