Clinton says U.S. in preliminary outreach to Taliban

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 10:49 AM
Clinton says U.S. in preliminary outreach to Taliban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A political solution is possible in Afghanistan, and the United States is in preliminary outreach to the Taliban there, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

"We believe that a political solution ... is possible. The United States has a broad range of contacts at many levels across Afghanistan and the region ... including very preliminary outreach to members of the Taliban," Clinton told a Senate hearing. She added that "this is not a pleasant business," but part of efforts to end the insurgency in Afghanistan.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)