Taliban welcome Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade have expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues that could lead to talks on ending the conflict.
In a statement released Monday following two days of informal talks with Afghan government representatives in Qatar, the insurgent group says it wants "cooperation in all sectors with all countries, including neighbors, and welcomes the efforts of anyone in bringing peace to Afghanistan."
The statement on the Taliban's website indicates flexibility on previously intractable issues such as the presence of the foreigners in Afghanistan and acceptance of a constitution.
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An Afghan official says a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying government employees in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding 13.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the minibus was carrying employees of the attorney general's office when it was attacked early Monday.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to media.
The attack was the first in the capital since the insurgents launched their annual warm-weather offensive on April 24.
The Taliban are engaged in fierce fighting in northern Kunduz province, where thousands of government forces are struggling to fend off a major offensive that last week threatened the provincial capital.