France to host meeting with Taliban
on 20/12/2012 08:04:00
French hosts say the secretive, rare meeting among rival Afghans in Chantilly - known partly for its equine training grounds - today and tomorrow is not expected to involve any horse-trading towards a possible peace and reconciliation deal.
About 20 Afghans from President Hamid Karzai's government, the Taliban, as well as the political opposition and the Islamist Hezb-e-Islami militant group will be merely trying to foster a conversation after 11 years of war.
The meeting comes as France is pulling its last combat troops from Afghanistan - well ahead of Nato's withdrawal timetable.