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Karzai Seeks Saudi Mediation With Taliban


King Abdullah (right) meeting with Afghan President Karzai in Riyadh

King Abdullah (right) meeting with Afghan President Karzai in Riyadh

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in an effort to secure Riyadh's active role in efforts to persuade Taliban militants to join the political process in Afghanistan.

After the meeting, a Saudi official said only that Karzai had made the proposal, but gave no further details of their meeting.

Last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said the kingdom would not get involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban severs all ties with Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network.

Saudi Arabia has a unique relationship with the Taliban because it was one of the few countries to recognize its militant regime before it was ousted in 2001.

It has also in the past acted as an intermediary between Taliban and rival Afghan factions.
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