Senior Afghan official says peace talks with Taliban will start 'in the near future'

February 23, 2015 11:45 AM

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Senior Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah says his government will begin peace talks with the Taliban "in the near future."

Speaking to Cabinet members Monday, Abdullah said Pakistani officials had told Taliban leaders to begin peace talks with the Afghan government. Local media reported the comments, which were confirmed to The Associated Press by an official in his office.

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