U.S. diplomat Marc Grossman arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai on peace efforts with the Taliban.
"I am pleased to be in Kabul to consult with the government of Afghanistan," Marc Grossman, the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in a statement Saturday. "The United States stands ready to assist in any way we can an Afghan-led reconciliation process to find a peaceful end to this conflict. I look forward to calling on President Karzai and discussing next steps."
Grossman has been meeting secretly with Taliban negotiators for more than a year. Last week, U.S. senior administration officials said the United States could inch closer toward peace talks with the Taliban if Karzai blesses the negotiations.FULL STORY