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Afghan leader offers talks with Taliban

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Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani (L) and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) attend a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as legitimate political group yesterday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war. Ghani proposed a ceasefire and a release of prisoners as part of a range of options including new elections, involving the militants and a constitutional review as part of a pact with the Taliban. The Taliban, fighting to restore Islamic rule, offered talks with the US but have so far refused direct talks with Kabul.

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