President Karzai to discuss peace with Taliban in Qatar

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban. Credit: Reuters

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said today.

Karzai's trip, which is set to take place over the next few days, will be the first time an Afghan president has held peace talks with the Taliban in the sovereign Arab state.

The leader will also address the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, which he has agreed to on the condition the Taliban ends its links with Al-Qaeda.

Karzai's trip comes after fractures in his relationship with Washington. He recently blasted US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for holding talks with the Taliban in Qatar without him and accused the US of reneging on a deal to release Afghan prisoners from a US detention centre in Bagram.

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