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Taliban-U.S. Talks ‘Very Preliminary,’ Defense Chief Says

Talks between U.S. officials and Taliban guerrillas in Afghanistan are “very preliminary,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

The U.S. State Department has been carrying out the talks on the part of the U.S. and undisclosed other countries for a few weeks, Gates said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program broadcast today. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday that there have been discussions with member of the Taliban who accept Afghanistan’s constitution, corroborating recent reports of a peace process.