Nobody batted an eyelid as Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef checked into a central London hotel last week: no one remembered the man who appeared on their television screens in the days after 9/11, proclaiming Osama bin Laden’s innocence.
His arrival marked the first time a Western government had allowed entry to a former official of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban regime that ruled the country until 2001. Britain’s decision to do so shows just how serious it is about the search for peace in Afghanistan.
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Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef, a member of the Taliban government before September 11, visited London last week amid closely controlled security.
Zaeef, who is still said to be close to Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, attended a closed conference part funded by the Foreign Office to discuss peace proposals aimed at ending the fighting.
The Taliban leader arrived in Britain on Wednesday and stayed in a central London hotel. He was banned from speaking publicly by the terms of his visa but is thought to have held private meetings with British officials.
Britain is attempting to facilitate talks between Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, and senior members of the Taliban.
Read more here: Former senior Taliban member visits Britain – Telegraph.