kara: The presidents of Turkey
and Pakistan are meeting in Ankara, and they are expected to
discuss the possibility of Turkey hosting a political office
for Taliban militants from Afghanistan in order to promote
talks to end the war there.
President Abdullah Gul and Pakistani President Asif
Ali Zardari are scheduled to hold a news conference later
Any solution to the Afghan conflict would likely
require the support of Pakistan, and in particular elements of
its security forces that are believed to have links to
insurgents in Afghanistan.
However, hardline elements of the Taliban, whose
leaders are based in southwest Pakistan, have publicly derided
Afghan government efforts to promote peace and say no talks
are possible until foreign forces leave Afghan soil.