Wednesday, July 29, 2009
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising Britain's call to reconcile with moderate Taliban guerrillas.
Clinton said Wednesday that a recent speech by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Afghanistan was consistent with U.S. thinking. Clinton was speaking in a joint appearance with Miliband after a meeting that both officials said focused on Afghanistan.
Miliband said Monday at NATO headquarters that while hard-line fundamentalist commanders committed to a global jihad must be pursued relentlessly, ordinary rank-and-file Taliban should be given the opportunity to reconcile with the Afghan government.
Miliband stressed Wednesday in his appearance with Clinton that the Afghan government needed to take a bigger responsibility for its own security.