Maldives hosts second Afghan peace talks

Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting in the Indian Ocean archipelago for talks.

Maldives hosts second Afghan peace talks

A Maldives government official says that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting in the Indian Ocean archipelago for talks.

Government spokesman Mohamed Zuhair says 15 representatives of the Afghan government and seven Taliban members met Thursday, nearly four months after a first round of talks in the Maldives.

Zuhair says he's been asked not to disclose the location or the names of the participants.

He says the talks will last until the weekend with a day off Friday.

The talks are headed by Humayoun Jareer, a son-in-law of the Hezb leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, lawmaker Arsala Rahmani told Reuters.

Arsala has played a mediating role between the Afghan government and insurgents in the past.

A Maldive government official confirmed the meeting, but declined to give further details.

The Maldives hosted a similar peace meeting in January ahead of the London conference of world powers to discuss Afghanistan.


Agencies

Last Mod: 20 Mayıs 2010, 15:58
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