June 5, 2023

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CIA boss meets Taliban co-founder in Kabul

CIA boss meets Taliban co-founder in Kabul

Washington, United States | CIA Director William Burns had a secret interview with Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Bardar in Kabul on Monday. Washington Post, The highest-level meeting between the United States and the fundamentalist regime since coming to power.

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That explains the severity of the crisis for his administration, which faces thousands of Americans and Afghan nations rushing out of the Afghan capital.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Bardar, who heads the Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar, is the new strongman in the regime that seized power in Kabul.

When asked by the AFP, the CIA spokesman did not confirm the meeting, explaining that the agency “never talked about director travel.”

The Washington Post Negotiations between the Taliban leader and the CIA boss have not been disclosed, but it is likely to revolve around delays in evacuations from the Afghan capital airport where thousands of candidates feared they would return to power. Islamists are still hoping to fly abroad.

The Americans on Tuesday intensified their efforts to evacuate thousands of Afghans and foreigners from Kabul as soon as possible, warning that the Taliban would not tolerate these operations beyond a week.

G7’s Virtual Summit Tuesday to examine the moves.

Career diplomat William Burns was an ambassador to Jordan, especially to Russia and then Barack Obama’s deputy secretary.

During the former Democratic presidency, although he had no diplomatic relations with the United States, he formed an alliance with Iran by holding secret talks with this rival country in Oman in 2011 and 2012.

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