‘US to blame for tension in Afghanistan’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States for tensions in his country by allowing the opening of a political office for Taliban militants in the Qatari capital Doha.

Karzai made the remark on Wednesday in a meeting with Afghan tribal elders at his presidential palace.

He said the opening of the Taliban office in Doha will cause ethnic tensions in Afghanistan.

His comments drew opposition from US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins, who claimed the Taliban office serves to restore peace in Afghanistan.

Dobbins visited Kabul on Monday to ease recent tensions over the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar.

The tension between Washington and Kabul broke out on June 18, when the Taliban militant group opened its new political office in Doha under the name of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The Afghan government has reacted angrily to the opening of the office, which is backed by the United States.

Kabul has also suspended negotiations with Washington on the nature of US presence in Afghanistan after foreign troops leave the country in 2014.

Afghanistan says

The Afghan government, which says it wants to lead any talks with militants, has demanded a full explanation as to how the US and Qatar allowed the Taliban to raise its flag over its office in Doha.

Å“The manner in which the office was established was in clear breach of the principles and terms of references agreed with us by the US government,” Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said on Sunday.

Senior Afghan officials in Kabul say the Taliban militants will be able to use the office to raise funds for their campaign in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after almost 12 years, insecurity remains across the country.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV