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CIA director met Taliban leader in Afghanistan on Monday, Washington Post reports

Updated 24 Aug, 2021
The Post said CIA Director William Burns met Taliban Leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday. Reuters
The Post said CIA Director William Burns met Taliban Leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday. Reuters

Washington: US President Joe Biden dispatched the nation's top spy to meet the head of the Taliban on Monday, in the highest level diplomatic encounter since the militant group took over Afghanistan's capital, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Post, citing unnamed US officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said CIA Director William Burns met Taliban Leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday as the Biden administration continues efforts to evacuate US citizens and other allies amid chaos at the airport in Kabul.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report. Representatives for the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.