Afghan chief executive backs Taliban peace effort 'in coming days'

February 23, 2015 8:19 PM

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KABUL (Reuters) - The head of Afghanistan's power-sharing government lent his support on Monday to a tentative push to begin peace talks with Taliban insurgents, an effort he said "will begin in coming days".

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's backing of the nascent process to negotiate an end to the 13-year-old insurgency is crucial because many of his supporters represent the vehement anti-Taliban wing that fought against the hardline Islamists when they held power until 2001.

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