KABUL - President Hamid Karzai talked to the US Secretary of State John F. Kerry about peace process, Karzai's office said Sunday. Speaking over phone, President Karzai told John Kerry that the peace process should not be a victim of foreign plots, Karzai's office said in a statement.
Karzai's office said that some countries are trying to control the peace talks to achieve their goals.
"Some countries are trying to control the peace process of Afghanistan to achieve their selfish goals," Karzai's Deputy Spokesman Fayeq Wahidi said.
However, the Office did not provide more details about the Karzai-Kerry conversation. The talk continued for hours.
"Karzai's comment means that he is not ready to talk to any other group but only with the US," Faizullah Jalal, Kabul University professor told TOLOnews
Karzai's comments came in at a time when a senior delegation of the Taliban was invited by Iran to negotiate with the Iranian officials.
The delegation was led by Sayed Taib Agha and Mohammad Ullah Nomanee, the Taliban representatives in Qatar and Shamsuddin Pahlawan respectively. The former Taliban Governor of the Maidan Wardak province was also among the delegation.
The Taliban's Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi has confirmed that a senior delegation was invited by Iran to negotiate with the Iranian officials.
Speaking over phone to TOLOnews from an undisclosed location, Qari Yousef Ahmadi said that the delegation is on a three-day visit to Iran.
He said that previously also a Taliban delegation including some of its senior leaders had visited Iran for talks.
The meeting signals that Iran could be seeking the role of a regional mediator to ease out tensions between the Taliban and Kabul.
Before this, the Iranian news agencies said early this week that Tehran had hosted a Taliban delegation.
Recently, President Hamid Karzai agreed to open an office for the Taliban in Qatar.
The opening of an office for the Taliban is seen as a major step in formulating a channel to carry out talks between Kabul and the Group.
The US-led foreign troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
The Afghan Government has been pushing hard to get the Taliban negotiate a peace deal before the end of 2014, but the Taliban has consistently refused to talk with the Karzai regime, referring to it as a 'puppet government'. (Tolo News)