Former Afghan president sees Taliban role in peace

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Former Afghan president sees Taliban role in peace

Hamid Karzai also supports talks between the Taliban and the United States.


Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai (Rahmat Gul/AP)
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Former president Hamid Karzai says that he sees a role for the Taliban after the war in a future, peaceful Afghanistan.

Mr Karzai also said five Taliban leaders freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2014, in exchange for American army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl are “good individuals, good Afghans” who should participate in negotiations to end the 17-year war.

Mr Karzai, who still wields considerable influence in today’s Afghanistan, also supports talks between the Taliban and the United States — but only as a step towards direct talks between the insurgents and Afghans “from all walks of life”.

Mr Karzai says he knows some of the five freed Taliban personally. The five are now part of the Taliban political office in Qatar.

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