Afghan president denies meeting Taliban leader

November 23, 2010 10:00

Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president is denying he met with a senior Taliban leader.

Hamid Karzai told a news conference on Tuesday that he never met Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. He says the ranking Taliban did not travel from Pakistan to Kabul.Karzai however, didn't say if the man reportedly involved in talks with the Afghan government was an impostor. He said that the overall reports were not acceptable but did not elaborate further.

An Afghan familiar with reconciliation efforts between insurgents and the Afghan government says a man involved in the talks who claimed to be Mansour was an impostor. The Afghan spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize his contacts with both sides.

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