Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on January 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JOHANNES EISELE
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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in the hope of persuading them to make peace with his government, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed Afghan and Western officials.In November -- around the same time the secret talks reportedly began -- Karzai announced his intention to avoid signing a bilateral security deal with the United States until after a presidential election in April. Karzai has served two terms and cannot run again.
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