01 Jul '12, 4pm

Rare meeting between Afghan government, Taliban

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/07/ap-rare-meeting-afghan-government-taliban-070112/ Rare meeting between Afghan government, Taliban By Kathy Gannon - The Associated Press Posted : Sunday Jul 1, 2012 12:01:57 EDT ISLAMABAD — A Taliban emissary sat face-to-face this week with a senior Afghan government official responsible for peace talks in a rare high-level gathering between the bitter adversaries, an official said Saturday. The encounter at a peace and reconciliation conference in Kyoto, Japan, was a rare a positive sign in faltering attempts to find a peaceful end to the protracted conflict in Afghanistan. It also provided an unusual opportunity for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government to sit down with its enemies — the Taliban and the Hezb-e-Islami insurgent group. Siddiq Mansour Ansari, a peace activist who was invited to attend the meeting this week at Kyoto...

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