July 7, 2015 / 5:29 PM / 2 years ago

United States welcomes Afghan-Taliban talks: White House

Afghan forces prepare for battle with Taliban on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States welcomes talks between the Afghan government and Taliban, the White House said on Tuesday after Afghanistan announced it had sent a peace delegation to Pakistan for talks.

“This is an important step toward advancing prospects for a credible peace,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The meeting could be a step toward starting a formal peace process with the insurgent group, which was ousted from power by a U.S. led invasion in 2001.

Editing by Bill Trott

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