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Pakistani Military Chief Talks About Peace Process With Afghan Leader

Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani military chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani have met in Kabul to discuss the Afghan peace process.

The meeting followed last week's release of Afghan Taliban prisoners in Pakistan.

A statement by the Afghan president's office says "their discussions were frank, cordial and in depth."

In a sign of increasing cooperation between the two neighbors, Kayani assured Karzai of Islamabad's firm support for peace in Afghanistan.

The two agreed to follow-up discussions and talked about "the necessary future steps" in the Afghan peace process.

Kabul accuses Islamabad of sheltering Taliban leaders but is also reaching out to its eastern neighbor to push the insurgents towards the negotiation table before international forces leave Afghanistan in 2014.

With reporting by
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