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Topic - Marc Grossman
U.S. and Afghan officials on Tuesday resumed discussions on an agreement that will commit the United States to the Central Asian nation long after foreign troops leave in 2014.
U.S. and Afghan officials met Tuesday to negotiate rules for U.S. military activity in Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave.
The Taliban must renounce ties to terrorists and endorse peace efforts as a condition for opening a political office in the Gulf state of Qatar, a senior U.S. diplomat said Sunday.
U.S. drone-fired missiles killed a ranking member of the Haqqani Network on Thursday in northwestern Pakistan, striking a militant group that Washington claims is the No. 1 threat in Afghanistan and is supported by Pakistani security forces, local intelligence officials said.
Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Monday that Pakistan must prove it wants an end to the Afghan war by preventing militants from hiding out on its soil and enabling those who launch attacks on the Afghan side of the border.
Pakistan and the United States cannot afford any downturn in their relationship, President Asif Ali Zardari told the new U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday amid a dispute over a detained American CIA contractor.
"Cesar and Mrs. Black had lunch together on the days before the speech and got along like old friends," said Grossman.
Marc Grossman, who is Washington's envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said he didn't expect to get an immediate commitment that the routes would reopen but that "the task now is to begin a conversation about how to move forward."