US welcomes Qatar decision on Taliban name change

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Posted: Jun 20, 2013 11:34 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is welcoming Qatar's decision to take down a sign that cast the Taliban's new office in Doha as a rival Afghan embassy.

The Taliban held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday in which they hoisted their flag and a banner with the name they used while in power more than a decade ago: "Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

U.S. deputy ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo told the U.N. Security Council Thursday the United States does not recognize that name and is "pleased that Qatar has clarified that the name of the office is the Political Office of the Afghan Taliban," and had the incorrect sign taken down from the front door.

She stressed that "the office must not be treated as, or represent itself as, an embassy..."