William Hague: Taliban still in league with Al Qaeda


Andy Bloxham
The Telegraph
June 23, 2011

William Hague, currently on a tour of Afghanistan, has also disclosed that Britain played a central role in helping initiate “distasteful” peace talks with Taliban leaders.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Mr Hague said: “The death of Osama bin Laden is an opportunity for the Taliban to break its links with Al Qaeda but they haven’t now done that.”

He said that “contacts do take place with the Taliban” but refused to agree that military operations should be halted while preliminary talks began.

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