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Afghan leader offers peace talks with the Taliban

Mar 01, 2018 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

ASHRAF GHANI, the president of Afghanistan, has unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the United States.

The apparent openness by both sides to some form of negotiations came as civilian casualties have soared in recent months, with the Taliban increasingly staging attacks on towns and cities in response to a new and more aggressive US military policy.

Mr Ghani disclosed the plan at the Kabul Process, a regional conference in the Afghan capital focused on bringing peace to the coun...