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Afghan Negotiators To Visit Pakistan For Talks With Baradar

British Prime Minister David Cameron (center), Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif (right) pose for pictures ahead of their trilateral meeting in Downing Street, London, on October 29.
Afghanistan says its negotiators will travel to Pakistan soon for their first meeting with former Taliban commander Mullah Baradar.

A statement from President Hamid Karzai's office said on October 30 that the Afghan High Peace Council will travel to Pakistan "in the near future" for talks with Baradar.

The agreement was reached during talks between Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on October 29.

Baradar was the Taliban's deputy leader until his arrest in Pakistan in 2010 and his role is seen as crucial in efforts to restart peace talks as international troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Pakistan announced Baradar's release from prison in September, but he remains in Pakistan under close supervision.

The statement from Karzai's office also said that Sharif had accepted an invitation from the Afghan president and would make an official visit to Kabul "within the coming weeks."

Afghanistan has called for Baradar's release for years.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP