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Thursday
Apr252013

Kerry Meets with Afghan and Pakistani Leaders in Brussels

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) -- Secretary of State John Kerry admitted moderate success Wednesday in bringing together uneasy allies, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Kerry, who was in Brussels for a NATO meeting, held a long discussion with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani military chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani on the touchy subject of how to best go about ending the war in Afghanistan in peaceful fashion.

For years, Kabul and Islamabad have blamed each other for failing to quash the ability of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters to move freely between their borders.

Lately, the Afghan government has charged Pakistan with both encouraging and discouraging a negotiated settlement with the Taliban to bring about peace before U.S. and coalition military forces leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Pakistan insists that isn't the case, but the country is known to be anxious about what the large withdrawal of foreign troops will mean to its security.

Kerry said that both Karzai and Kayani agreed after their talks to try and relaunch peace negotiations with the Taliban, which at this point, appears only interested in a military victory or at least waiting out the U.S. and its allies.

According to Kerry, "We’re not going to raise expectations or promise results that can’t be delivered."

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