Obama hopes Afghan peace talks go on

June 19, 2013 - 2:41:56 pm
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he addresses a news conference after a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin.Reuters/Thomas Peter


BERLIN: US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he always expected "friction" at Afghan reconciliation talks but said he hoped they could still continue, despite a row over the name of a new Taliban office in Doha.


"My hope is that despite those challenges the process will proceed," Obama said, after the Afghan government cut off security talks with Washington after a new Taliban office in Doha used the name "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan." (AFP)