Presidents of Pakistan, Turkey discuss Afghan war
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 20:46
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 today.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 20:46

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