Afghan President Karzai confirms Taliban ‘contacts’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed that “unofficial contacts” with the Taliban have been taking place to end the insurgency.In a CNN interview, he said such contacts “have been going on for quite some time”.The admission comes shortly after Mr Karzai set up the High Peace Council – the body to start a dialogue with the Taliban.
His comments follow growing reports of secret peace talks with the militants.Continue reading the main story
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“We have been talking to the Taliban as countryman to countryman, talk in that manner,” Mr Karzai told CNN’s Larry King Live.
“Not as a regular official contact with the Taliban with a fixed address, but rather unofficial personal contacts have been going on for quite some time.”However, he stressed that Kabul would fight groups like al-Qaeda, accusing them of “working against Afghanistan”.The excerpts of the interview were released on Sunday. The full interview is due to be broadcast later on Monday.Kabul’s previous attempts to negotiate with the Taliban have failed, partly over their insistence that foreign troops leave the country first.Taliban fighters continue to inflict casualties on the US-led Nato forces and resist all attempts to defeat them by military means.There are nearly 150,000 foreign troops currently deployed in Afghanistan – Bcc