Former Taliban member visits UK for secret insurgency-ending talks

February 14th, 2011 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, Feb 14 (ANI): A former senior Taliban member who is said to be in close contact with the group’s leader Mullah Omar, is reportedly in Britain for insurgency ending negotiations.

Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef, a member of the Taliban Government before the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, has met senior British Government officials amid closely controlled security, The Telegraph reports.

The talks were partially funded by the Foreign Office to discuss peace proposals.

During his visit, Zaeef was banned from speaking publicly, but held private meetings with British officials. London has been trying to mediate between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and senior Taliban members.

Last month, a senior Foreign Office official had said that senior Taliban members have been sent out “feelers” about making peace with the Western-backed government in Kabul. (ANI)

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