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Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan

Former Vice President Kalla reveals travel to Kabul and Qatar for talks

Afghan security officials stand guard on the outskirts of Helmand, Afghanistan, on Feb. 8. Amid growing distrust over the future of peace talks, Taliban leaders have called commanders back from their winter break earlier than usual.   © EPA/Jiji

JAKARTA -- Former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he has traveled to Afghanistan and Qatar several times in recent months to help broker a peace deal between the government in Kabul and the Taliban insurgent group.

In an interview at his home in Jakarta, he told Nikkei Asia that he went to meet the two parties in a personal capacity to "give them thoughts, as well as ways of how to negotiate effectively."

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