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Report: Afghan Taliban delegation visits Iran

Fars news agency says visitors came from radical Sunni group's Qatar office for talks with intelligence officials

A semi-official Iranian news agency said Tehran has hosted a delegation of the Afghan Taliban, the radical Sunni group that has long been a sworn enemy of Iran's ruling Shiite clerics.


The Fars agency reported on Saturday that the Taliban held talks with Iranian intelligence officials.


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Fars said the visitors came from the Taliban's political office in Qatar. The group recently opened a mission in the Gulf Arab country to provide a venue where Afghan President Hamid Karzai's emissaries could hold talks with the Taliban to try to find a peaceful end to the 12-year war in Afghanistan.


Fars gave no other details. Other media didn't report on the unprecedented visit.


The visit signals Iran could be seeking the role of a regional mediator between the Taliban and Karzai's government.



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פרסום ראשון: 06.01.13, 18:17
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