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Afghanistan's Karzai Offers to Talk With Taleban

  • VOA News

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is willing to meet personally with Taleban leader Mullah Omar and another top insurgent, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, to bring peace to his country.

Mr. Karzai told reporters in Kabul on Saturday that he would even allocate some government posts to Taleban leaders.

However, he rejected Taleban demands that all foreign troops leave Afghanistan before talks could begin.

Mr. Karzai also rejected reports that the United States opposed holding talks with the Taleban, saying his government would make any decision to hold negotiations with insurgents.

Both Omar and Hekmatyar are wanted by the United States.

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