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Afghan envoy meets Taliban cleric to discuss peace talks

world Updated: Aug 08, 2015 20:14 IST

To discuss the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Afghanistan's top diplomat in Pakistan on Saturday met an influential cleric linked with the insurgent group.

Ambassador Janan Mosazai met Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief Maulana Samiul Haq at Haqqani Madrassa in Akora Khattak in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Mosazai delivered a special message of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Haq, Jamiat's spokesman Maulana Yusaf Shah said without disclosing the content of the message.

They talked about peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban, Shah added.

Haq is considered as an influential figure among members of the Taliban on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border.

The ice-breaking talks between the two sides started on July 7 when the representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban held their first open and direct talks at Pakistan's hill resort of Murree near capital Islamabad.

The talks halted last week when the Afghan officials announced the death of Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar.

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