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Afghan insurgents offer to make peace

world Updated: Mar 26, 2010 00:53 IST

One of the main insurgent groups fighting the Afghan government and its Nato backers said on Thursday that it was ready to make peace and act as a bridge to the Taliban if the US began pulling out troops next year, as planned.

A spokesman for a delegation from the Hezb-i-Islami, which has been holding talks in Kabul this week with President Hamid Karzai, said the group’s initiative was prompted by Barack Obama’s declaration that American forces would begin to be drawn down.

“There is a formula: ‘no enemy is an enemy forever, no friend is a friend forever,’?” Mohammad Daoud Abedi told Reuters.