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Afghanistan’s president called on the Taliban Thursday to relinquish their weapons, saying that the group and its leader should join the political process.

The call by Hamid Karzai was the latest peace appeal to the Taliban and Mullah Mohammed Omar. All past requests have been ignored by the insurgency — which refuses to directly engage the government.

“Mullah Mohammad Omar can come to any part of Afghanistan he wants to. He can open political office for himself but he should drop the gun,” Karzai said at a nationally televised news conference held at the presidential palace.

Read more at The Washington Post

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